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Police officers stand guard as defendants accused of involvement in the 2015 assassination of Egypt’s top prosecutor sit in a cage in a courtroom, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh Reuters

Cairo- An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday put 56 Muslim Brotherhood defendants on the terror list for three years.

The verdict, which was published in the Official Gazette on Tuesday, said some of the defendants were found guilty of leading the outlawed Brotherhood, being its members, and others of providing the group with funds, or harming national economy and public security.

The verdict also includes a travel ban, assets freeze, loss of political rights, and passport cancellation.

In February 2015, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi issued a law that put forward a list of terrorist entities and persons, known as the “terrorist entities” law.

Egypt has included the Muslim Brotherhood on the list of terrorist entities and has imprisoned thousands of its supporters since the ousting of former President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

The list of terrorists includes Morsi, hundreds of Brotherhood leaders and supporters, as well as other militant groups.

In the same context, the Cairo Criminal Court postponed on Saturday the trial of 213 defendants in the case known as “Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis” to September 9, according to local media.

The defendants are accused of committing 54 crimes, including assaulting police and military personnel and facilities, attempting to assassinate the former Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and plotting and perpetrating explosions against security facilities in several provinces.

In 2015, the Cairo Criminal Court designated the group as a terrorist organization, following a request from the Prosecutor General.

The group has claimed responsibility of several attacks in North Sinai.