Egyptian court jails 126 Morsi supporters for 10 years each

They were found guilty of taking part in riots, attacking security forces and participating in violent clashes on August 16.

CAIRO // An Egyptian court sentenced 126 supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi on Sunday to 10 years in prison each over protest violence, judicial sources said.

They were found guilty of taking part in riots, attacking security forces and participating in violent clashes on August 16, two days after police killed hundreds of Morsi supporters in Cairo.

They were also charged with membership in a banned group, a reference to Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The army-installed government has rounded up thousands of Morsi supporters and put them on mass trials since his ouster in July last year.

The court in the Kafr El Sheikh governorate north of Cairo also sentenced six other people to one year in prison each, although the charges against them were not made known.

But judicial sources said that the 132 people standing in Sunday’s trial were also fined 1,000 Egyptian pounds (Dh 515) each.

A relentless crackdown on Morsi’s supporters have killed more than 1,400 people, while hundreds have also been sentenced to death after speedy trials.

* Agence France-Presse

Published: May 18, 2014 04:00 AM

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