Seventeen people have been sentenced to life for their involvement in deadly unrest when then-General el-Sissi announced his presidential bid. Now Egypt's president, he has warned against challenging his grasp on power.
The court found that "a group of armed Muslim Brotherhood members" had "fired randomly at citizens protesting against their group" in the Ain Shams district of Cairo, the state-owned al-Ahram newspaper reported.
Egyptian journalist Mayada Ashraf, a Coptic woman and a child were killed during the unrest that resulted when police clashed with protesters rallying against then-General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's decision to quit the armed forces and run for president as a civilian.
El-Sissi is running for a second term in a presidential election slated for March. Although he claimed Egyptians "have the right" to choose their next president, he issued a thinly veiled warning against potential candidates earlier this month.
"Be warned. What happened seven or eight years ago, will not happen again in Egypt," el-Sissi said, referring to an uprising that toppled Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. "What didn't work then, will not work now. No … it looks like you don't know me well."