Egypt court jails 39 Morsi supporters on violence charges

By Sayed Fathi, Saturday, May 17, 2014

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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