Al-Azhar expels 51 students over Brotherhood protests

Ahram Online , Sunday 28 Dec 2014

Students were accused of committing acts of violence and rioting on the campus of Egypt's most prestigious Islamic university

A police car set on fire by students of Al-Azhar University, who are supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed President Mohamed Morsi, is seen during clashes with riot police at the university's campus in Cairo's Nasr City district, March 30, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Al-Azhar University, Egypt's largest Islamic educational institute, expelled on Sunday 51 students for involvement in pro-Muslim Brotherhood protests.   

The university's deputy head, Tawfeeq Noureddin, told Ahram Online that investigations showed the students had violated university rules.

Investigations by the university administration and the public prosecution found that the students were involved in violence and riots on campus, university president Abdel-Hay Azab said in a statement reported by state news agency MENA.

Al-Azhar University has witnessed a wave of protests and violent clashes between anti-government students and security forces since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013. 

Thousands of students have been arrested and tried in accordance with a controversial protest law, while dozens of others have been expelled for their involvement in protests in the past few months after the Supreme Council of Universities said it would expel students and staff members involved in violence.


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