World Bulletin/News Desk
Two courts in southern Egypt and in the Nile Delta on Wednesday handed jail sentences ranging between one and 25 years to 69 backers of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, two judicial sources said.
They added that nine of the convicted defendants were minors (less than 18 years old).
The two courts had also cleared 26 backers of the ousted president, the sources said.
One of the judicial sources said the Assiut Criminal Court had sentenced eight minors to a year in jail each and 25 other people to three years in jail each.
Another criminal court sentenced a ninth minor to a year in jail and cleared seven other people, the source said.
The 34 defendants were convicted with staging unlicensed protests on the anniversary of the January 25 revolution and having links with the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which Morsi hails.
The movement was branded a "terrorist" movement by the Egyptian government late last year.
The 34 defendants were also accused of resorting to violence against state authorities, an accusation that was denied by the defendants.
Another judicial source, meanwhile, said another criminal court in the Nile Delta sentenced in absentia 25 backers of the ousted president to life in jail (25 years of imprisonment).
He added that the same court had sentenced three other defendants to ten years in jail, six other defendants to three years in jail and cleared two other defendants.
Another backer of the ousted president was sentenced to three years in jail, while 17 others were cleared, the judicial source said.
The 35 defendants were accused of inciting violence, joining the Muslim Brotherhood and involvement in terrorist activities following the bloody dispersal of two sit-ins backing Morsi in August last year, the judicial source added.
Egyptian authorities have been cracking down on Morsi's supporters since his ouster in July last year.
Thousands of the ousted president's backers were put in jail on charges of involvement in violence and terrorist attacks.Last Mod: 13 Kasım 2014, 11:25