Egypt court jails 39 Morsi supporters on violence charges
By Sayed Fathi, Saturday, May 17, 2014
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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