Egypt court jails 39 Morsi supporters on violence charges

An Egyptian court on Saturday slapped 39 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi with two-year jail terms on violence charges, a judicial source said.

An Egyptian court on Saturday slapped 39 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi with two-year jail terms on violence charges, a judicial source said.

CAIRO – An Egyptian court on Saturday slapped 39 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi with two-year jail terms on violence charges, a judicial source said.

The charges relate to violence that rocked the southern Cairo district of Misr al-Kadima in January.

The court acquitted nine other defendants of the charges, the source said.

The defendants had been accused of violating an anti-protest law, assault and joining a "terrorist" group – the term used by the interim-backed authorities to refer to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group.

Egyptian authorities have launched a nationwide crackdown on the supporters of the ousted president since his ouster by the military last year.

In December, the government designated the Muslim Brotherhood a "terrorist" group.

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