Egypt court jails 126 Morsi supporters

Egypt court jails 126 Morsi supporters

2Cairo, May 18 (IANS) An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced 126 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to 10 years in prison for violence during protests in July 2013.

They were accused of storming police stations and inciting violence last July following Morsi’s ouster, Xinhua reported.

The charges also included membership of the Muslim Brotherhood which was blacklisted by the interim-government last December as a terrorist organisation.

As the judge read out the sentence, the defendants chanted “down with military rule,” in reference to the presidential candidate, former army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the overthrow of Morsi.

On April 28, 700 supporters of Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to death which sparkled an international outcry and raised questions over the independence of Egypt’s judicial system.

On May 3, another 102 Muslim Brotherhood were sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Since the military ouster of Morsi in July last year, hundreds of protestors have been killed and thousands of others arrested during nationwide protests.

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