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Egypt to try nearly 100 Morsi backers over bombing, murders

A file picture taken on June 7, 2014 shows Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie gesturing as he shouts from inside the defendants cage during his trial in the capital CairoEgypt’s prosecution service on Saturday referred nearly 100 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi to trial for alleged murders, a bombing and torching a university building, in two separate cases. Morsi’s Islamist supporters have faced a brutal police crackdown since his ouster by the army last July that has left more than 1,400 people dead and over 15,000 in jail. Seventy-six students from Egypt’s prestigious Al-Azhar university were referred to trial for torching the building of the university’s faculty of commerce, the prosecutor general’s office said, adding the group included 14 women and a Turkish national. Morsi’s student backers have staged regular demonstrations on university campuses as the police crackdown has weakened their ability to hold large street protests.

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