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Egypt’s court upholds verdicts against 45 defendants for violent clashes

CAIRO, Egypt’s Court of Cassation on Saturday upheld verdicts against 45 defendants who took part in violent clashes occurred in Port Said city in January 2013 and attempted to storm the city’s public prison.

The court rejected all appeals submitted by the accused, issuing its final sentences, according to state-run news agency (Mena).

Port Said’s criminal court had previusly sentenced 20 defendants to life in jail, 12 to 10-year sentence and 18 others to five-year jail.

The Court of Cassation said that the defendants exploited protests organized at that time by some people whose relatives were convicted of violence and murder-related charges over the Port Said Stadium massacre.

At least 42 people were killed in the massacre and 79 others wounded.

The court noted that the defendants infiltrated among peaceful protesters, and opened fire randomly at demonstrators, killing and wounding many of them.

Source: Kuwait News Agency