Egypt court hands life sentence to 25 Mursi supporters

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Published Thursday, October 16, 2014

An Egyptian court handed down life sentences Thursday to 25 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Mursi over violence in a southern town in August 2013, a judicial source said.

The authorities have cracked down on supporters of Mursi since his ouster by the military in July 2013, killing hundreds in street clashes and arresting thousands.

On Thursday, a court in the southern province of Assuit sentenced 25 defendants to life in prison, three were handed three-year terms, and two others jailed for two years, the source said.

A life sentence in Egypt amounts to 25 years behind bars.

Those convicted were found guilty of torching police stations and government buildings in the town of Al-Ghanaim on August 14 of last year, hours after police brutally dispersed thousands of Mursi supporters at two Cairo squares, leaving hundreds dead.

Another 141 defendants, including an official from Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood, were acquitted, the source said, while a police sergeant was jailed for one year.

Those convicted have the right to appeal.



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