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Egypt court gives 126 Morsi supporters 10 years in prison

The defendants were found guilty on a number of rioting charges in connection to protests from last August, after the ouster of Mohamed Morsi

Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 18 May 2014
Pro Morsi
A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Kafr El-Sheikh Criminal Court, held in Cairo's Police Academy, sentenced on Sunday 126 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to 10 years in prison for rioting.

The defendants were charged with inciting violence, rioting, possession of weapons, blocking traffic, sabotaging public and private property, belonging to a banned group and terrorising citizens, among other offences.

They were arrested at a protest on 16 August in the Nile Delta's Kafr El-Sheikh governorate following the bloody dispersal of two pro-Brotherhood vigils in Cairo on 14 August that left hundreds dead and thousands more injured.

The court also gave a suspended one year sentence to six minors.

Pro-Morsi protesters have refused to acknowledge Egypt's interim authorities and have held near-daily demonstrations in the 10 months following the Islamist president’s overthrow, often ending in violent confrontations with police and their political opponents.

Thousands of Brotherhood members and supporters, including Morsi himself and the group's top leadership, are currently detained or facing trial on a variety of charges, some of which could lead to the death penalty.

The Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organisation by Egypt's interim government in late 2013.

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