Egypt court confirms jail terms for 85 students

AFP , Sunday 23 Nov 2014

An Egyptian appeals court upholds jail terms for 85 Pro-Morsi students on Sunday

An Egyptian appeals court on Sunday confirmed jail terms for 85 students convicted of illegal demonstrations and vandalism in protests backing ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, officials said.

Hundreds of students have been tried in civilian courts after violence on campuses, bastions of pro-Islamist activists following Morsi's ouster in July 2013.

His student supporters have clashed regularly with security forces on university campuses since a nationwide government crackdown left hundreds of people dead and thousands jailed.

A Cairo appeals court upheld verdicts sentencing  85 students in separate cases to jail terms of up to five years after finding them guilty of illegal protests, illegal assembly, vandalism and joining a terrorist group, judicial sources and a lawyer said.

Defence lawyer Mukhtar Mounir, who represented nine defendants, confirmed the outcome to AFP.

"A Cairo misdemeanour court of appeals confirmed the verdict against 85 students, including five female students... for violent clashes in Al-Azhar University," said Mounir, who attended Sunday's session.

The verdict can still be appealed at the Court of Cassation.

Morsi himself and several top leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood movement are also on trial on charges punishable by death.

The authorities blacklisted the Brotherhood as a "terrorist organisation" last December.

This story has been edited by Ahram Online 

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