World Bulletin/News Desk
An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 12 student supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, including two females, to four years in prison each on rioting charges.
The Ain Shams University students were found guilty of illegal protesting, damaging public facilities and joining a terrorist group, a judicial source told Anadolu Agency.
The ruling is not final and can be appealed.
Throughout the previous academic year, which began two months after the army ousted Morsi in July of last year, many universities became epicenters of protest against what Morsi backers described as a "military coup" against the elected Islamist president.
Several on-campus demonstrations turned into deadly confrontations with security forces.
Numerous students have since been thrown in jail for participating in the demonstrations, while university administrations have expelled many others or barred them from sitting for final exams.
Another Egyptian court on Sunday acquitted 112 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi of rioting charges.
The defendants were arrested in connection with violence that marred the third anniversary of the January 25 uprising that ended the 30-year autocracy of Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
In June, they were sentenced to one year in prison after a Cairo court found them guilty of rioting, illegal protesting, attacking policemen and incitement to violence.
However, the court of appeal on Sunday acquitted them of all charges and ordered their release.
Egypt's army-backed authorities have launched a massive crackdown on dissent since Morsi's ouster by the army last year – after only one year in office – following protests against his presidency.
Thousands of his Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers – along with a number of secular activists – have since been arrested and convicted on multiple charges.
Morsi himself currently faces five separate trials in which he faces multiple criminal charges, including espionage, jailbreak and offending the judiciary.
Former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, widely seen as the architect of Morsi's ouster, was elected president in May.Last Mod: 28 Eylül 2014, 16:38