BEIRUT: A criminal court in Cairo has sentenced 13 Syrian nationals to prison terms after they were found guilty of “unlawful assembly.”
Media reports said they were accused of protesting against Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Egyptian capital in February 2012. The reports said the Syrians, who received five years in prison, were also found guilty of “threatening national security, violently resisting the authorities and the destruction of public and private property.
Minor damage to the Syrian Embassy was reported during the protest. CNN’s Arabic service quoted the defendants’ lawyer as saying that most of them were tried and sentenced in absentia, and were not aware of the charges against them, having left the country.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 12, 2014, on page 8.