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37 Al-Azhar students jailed 4 years for rioting

Dozens of students from Egypt's highest Islamic institution are sentenced to four years in jail for rioting

El-Sayed Gamal Eldeen, Sunday 11 May 2014
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Protesters gather amidst remnants of teargas smoke during clashes with riot police at Al-Azhar University in Cairo October 20, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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A court has sentenced 37 students to four years in jail for rioting, a judicial source has told Ahram Online.

The Al-Azhar University students were also fined LE30,000 ($4,000) each over violence at the university in January.

The university has become a hub for demonstrations by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, as the authorities press on with a crackdown on dissent.

Across Egypt, hundreds of students have been incarcerated for illegal protesting and rioting. Many have been expelled or suspended, also over rioting.

Last November, a court jailed 12 Al-Azhar students for 17 years after they took part in violent demonstrations at an Al-Azhar institution a month earlier. An appeal is currently underway.

In March, 17 other students were given 14-year sentences for storming the university headquarters during protests.

A number of students in Al-Azhar and Cairo Universities have been killed in recent months during frequent protests that often descend into clashes with police.

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