File photo: Anti-Morsi protesters throw stones on the gate of El-Quba, one of the presidential palaces, in Cairo February 15, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)
A Cairo criminal court sentenced on Monday 22 defendants to 10 years in prison in the 2012 "Qubba palace clashes" case, state TV reported.
The defendants were convicted on charges of illegal assembly, a show of force, threatening to use violence, protesting without a permit, endangering public safety and damaging public properties.
Seven other defendants in the same case received a prison sentence of five years.
The case dates back to 15 February, 2013 when violent clashes took place between anti-Morsi protesters and presidential guards backed by police outside the Qubba presidential palace in Hadayek El-Qubba district.
Protesters reportedly threw Molotov cocktails bombs at the palace gate, prompting guards to respond with water cannons. Security forces then intervened by using teargas to disperse the demonstrators.
All defendants were also fined LE20,000 each.