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Morsi supporters jailed for illegal protest in Marsa Matrouh

Marsa Matrouh, a city on the Mediterranean coast, has witnessed a number of protests in support of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi

Ahram Online, Tuesday 18 Nov 2014
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A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi throws tear gas towards Egyptian security forces in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (Photo: AP).
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Ten members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been sentenced to two years in jail and fined LE50,000 for taking part in an illegal protest in Marsa Matrouh, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

The town, which is on the Mediterranean coast and has a high concentration of Islamists, witnessed heavy protests after the dispersal of sit-ins in support of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in August 2013.

A strict protest law was passed in November sanctioning the police to disperse demonstrations not pre-approved by authorities and impose heavy jail terms and fines.

Also on Monday, a Suez military court sentenced 17 Morsi supporters to up to ten years in jail for attacking army personnel and property in August 2013.

The Muslim Brotherhood – from which Morsi hails – was branded a terrorist group by Egypt's transitional government in December.

Dozens of Morsi supporters have been given similar sentences during the past months.

 

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