Egyptian court sentences 139 Morsi supporters

Egyptian court sentences 139 Morsi supporters
Mon Dec 30, 2013 23:12:59

An Egyptian court has convicted 139 supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi on charges ranging from rioting to sabotage, and sentenced each to two-year prison terms.

The sentences could be subject to appeal, Egypt’s state news agency MENA said on Monday.

The arrests were made on July 15, after supporters of Morsi staged a protest demanding his reinstatement.

According to the news agency, the protests led to violent clashes in the district of Bab el-Shaariya in downtown Cairo.

The court said each defendant could be fined up to USD 700 in order to have their sentences suspended until a higher court issues a final verdict on the case.

This comes after days of student protests at al-Azhar University in the capital Cairo against the country’s upcoming constitutional referendum and its ban on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt's interim government officially designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group on December 24.

Over the past few days, more than 10 students were killed in clashes with security forces.

The government of Egypt interim President Adly Mansour has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Muslim Brotherhood members.

Tensions have been running high in Egypt since the ouster of Morsi by the military on July 3. The army also dissolved the parliament, suspended the constitution, and appointed head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Mansour, as the interim president.



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