Egyptian court jails 102 Islamists for 10 years
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Egyptian court jails 102 Islamists for 10 years

Criminal court sentences Muslim Brotherhood supporters for arms possession, rioting after Morsi's ouster

A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, holds a national flag as he stands next to burning tires during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 (photo credit: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, holds a national flag as he stands next to burning tires during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013 (photo credit: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

An Egyptian criminal court has sentenced 102 defendants it describes as Muslim Brotherhood supporters to 10 years in prison each on charges of violent rioting in a Cairo neighborhood and possession of weapons.

Egypt’s state news agency said the Saturday ruling puts the defendants under police surveillance for a period of five years after the end of their prison sentences. Two other defendants were jailed for seven years in the case.

The ruling is linked to demonstrations staged to protest the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi by the military in July. Morsi’s ouster followed days of mass demonstrations demanding his resignation.

The prosecutors charged the defendants with gathering illegally with intent to inflict material and moral harm to others and public property, which led to one death.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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