Egypt jails 19 Morsi supporters for five years

Student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi clash with Egyptian security forces outside al-Azhar university in Cairo on October 28, 2013An Egyptian court jailed 19 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for five years on Saturday for storming the offices of the head of the prestigious Al-Azhar Islamic institution, judicial sources said. The army-installed government has rounded up thousands of Morsi’s supporters and tried them in mass hearings since his ouster in July last year. Following the ouster of Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected civilian president, his supporters have staged protests that have often degenerated into violent street clashes with security forces and civilian opponents. The same court had previously handed 529 Morsi supporters death sentences but later upheld the sentencing against only 37 of them.

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