Students detained, investigated after clashes with police

Ahram Online , Wednesday 11 Dec 2013

Eighteen students from Al-Azhar university were detained pending investigation into charges including illegal gathering and vandalism

Clashes at Cairo University
Riot police clash with student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi outside the university in Cairo December 10, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian prosecutors ordered the detention of 18 students from Al-Azhar University for 15 days pending an investigation into their role in protests and clashes between students and police in the university's vicinity on Tuesday.

The students are accused of gathering illegally, damaging public and private property, obstructing traffic and other charges, reported Al-Ahram's Arabic website.

Students were protesting a recent police crackdown on Morsi supporters and the arrests of their colleagues during earlier demonstrations.

Protesters hurled stones at police stationed outside the university gates. Police used teargas to disperse them.

Some students suffered birdshot injuries and 58 students were arrested at protests, according to Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

In November, a medical faculty student at Al-Azhar, Abdel-Ghany Mahmoud, was killed during clashes with police.

That same month, a misdemeanour court sentenced 12 university students to 17 years in prison over riots at Al-Azhar in October.

Similar clashes in Cairo University led the university's administration to suspend the academic term early. The engineering faculty dean and his deputies resigned, stating a lack of security for students as a reason.

A Cairo University engineering student, Mohamed Reda was also killed at clashes with police. The university blamed police for his death.

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