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Egypt sentences 54 Mursi supporters to life in jail

Published on May 22, 2014 6:31 AM

CAIRO (AFP) - An Egyptian anti-terror court on Wednesday sentenced 54 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi to life in prison for taking part in violent protests, judicial officials said.

The defendants, who stood trial in several cases, were convicted of belonging to a “terrorist” group, attempted murder, rioting, carrying out acts of violence, taking part in unlicensed protests and damaging public and private installations, the sources added.

Another 104 defendants, including three female students, were sentenced to jail terms of between one and 10 years over similar convictions Since the military ousted Mursi in July last year, his supporters have been staging weekly protests calling for his reinstatement.

The rallies have often degenerated into violent street clashes with security forces and civilian opponents.

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