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Academic freedom jails in Egypt after the president elect
Academic freedom jails in Egypt after the president elect

Many student protesters have been killed, injured or detained by the authorities.

World Bulletin / News Desk 

An Egyptian court on Wednesday convicted 36 student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi of "rioting" while acquitting a Turkish student of the same charges.

The Cairo Criminal Court found the students – 53 males and ten females – guilty of rioting and participating in an unlicensed demonstration at eastern Cairo's Al-Azhar University in late 2013.

The ten female students were slapped with one-year jail terms each, while the rest received prison terms of between three and seven years each.

They were also each fined the equivalent of $285.

A photojournalist, a Turkish student and 11 other defendants were acquitted.

Al-Azhar University had become a main venue for protests in support of former President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the military in July of 2013.



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