Egypt to try 40 civilians in military courts over protests

December 15, 2014 4:42 PM

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CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian prosecutor has referred 40 alleged supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, including nine women, to a military court on charges related to their role in protests, judicial sources said, as the state continues to crack down on opponents.

Egypt expanded the jurisdiction of military courts in October to try civilians accused of acts ranging from attacking state facilities to blocking roads. That followed some of the worst assaults on security forces since last year's overthrow of President Mohammed Mursi of the Brotherhood.

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