Egypt Jails 220 Ousted Morsi Supporters

Mohammed Morsi
CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian courts have sentenced 220 mostly supporters of the ousted Islamist president to up to seven years imprisonment for instigating violence and holding protests without a permit.

The three Alexandria courts issued verdicts in separate cases on Tuesday, all related to protests held by mostly Mohammed Morsi supporters that descended into violence last summer. The military removed Egypt’s first elected president from power after millions held demonstrations demanding him to step down over allegations he abused power.

Former Islamist lawmaker Sobhi Saleh was among 134 who were sentenced to three years prison and fined nearly $7,000 each for inciting violence and holding protests in August. The month was Egypt’s bloodiest in decades as security forces unleashed a heavy crackdown on protest camps that hundreds dead.

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