Egypt court jails 21 pro-Morsi minors

By Walaa Wahid, Wednesday, April 30, 2014

 An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 21 young supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to jail terms ranging from six months to two years for joining an outlawed group and rioting, judicial source have said

An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 21 young supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to jail terms ranging from six months to two years for joining an outlawed group and rioting, judicial source have said

CAIRO – An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced 21 young supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to jail terms ranging from six months to two years for joining an outlawed group and rioting, judicial source have said.

Eight minors, including a 14-year-old girl, were sentenced to two years each in prison, while the remaining 13 were slapped with six-month jail terms.

The minors – nine of whom were tried in absentia – were found guilty of joining an outlawed group, rioting, and participating in unlicensed protests in the northeastern province of Ismailia.

The minors will serve out their jail terms in a juvenile disciplinary facility, the sources said, as all of them are less than 14 years of age.

The ruling came two days after a court in Upper Egypt's Minya province sentenced 37 Morsi supporters to death and handed 491 others life sentences.

The court also referred 683 defendants, including Mohamed Badie, spiritual leader of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group, to Egypt's top religious official to consider possible death sentences against them for violence charges.

All 1211 defendants are being charged with attacking police stations in Minya last year and involvement in other acts of violence in the province.

Monday's verdict, the latest move in a widespread crackdown on the Brotherhood by Egypt's military-backed authorities, has been strong criticized by the international community.

In the almost ten months since Morsi's ouster, thousands of the Brotherhood's members and sympathizers have been arrested and convicted of multiple charges.

The military-backed authorities blame the Brotherhood for frequent attacks on security personnel, while the group continues to emphatically distance itself from them.

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