Egyptian court frees on bail 84 Morsi supporters

Egyptian court frees on bail 84 Morsi supporters
Thu Dec 5, 2013 23:50:29

A court in Egypt has reportedly ordered the release on bail of 84 supporters of the country’s military-ousted President Mohamed Morsi that were arrested in August at Cairo’s al-Fath mosque.

The court on Thursday turned down an appeal by prosecutors of the military-installed government against a decision to release the jailed protesters that was issued days earlier by another court, according to an Ahram Online report.

The detainees will be released pending investigations into allegations against them, including blocking traffic and carrying “weapons.”

Egyptian military and security forces brutally dispersed two protest sit-ins in Cairo by Islamists on August 14, killing more than 600 protesters and unleashing days of more violence.

Moreover on August 16, protesters opposing the forced ouster of the Arab country’s first and only democratically-elected president and his Muslim Brotherhood group clashed nationwide with security forces and civilians with anti-Brotherhood sentiments.

A crowd of protesters took refuge in Al-Fath mosque, before being violently arrested the next day by military forces. The violence in central Cairo eventually left more than 100 more protesters dead as both camps were reportedly armed.

Since Morsi's forced ouster by the military, his supporters have encountered a widespread security crackdown. Hundreds have been killed in street clashes with security forces and armed civilians opposed to the country’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Additionally, thousands of Brotherhood members have also been arrested, including the group's top leadership.

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