Egypt court jails 155 Brotherhood supporters

Wednesday 21-05-2014 03:09 PM
Egypt court jails 155 Brotherhood supporters

A student, who is a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohamed Mursi, shouts slogans in protest against the military and interior ministry in front of the faculty of Oral & Dental Medicine in Cairo University at Kasr El Aini street in downtown Cairo, April 9, 2014. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh


CAIRO, May 21 (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced 155 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to jail terms on Wednesday and gave 54 of them life sentences, judicial sources said, in a case related to violence in the Nile Delta province of Mansoura last August after the army's ouster of President Mohamed Mursi.

Other defendants were sentenced to between three to 10 years in jail. The charges included instigating violence and chaos and membership in a banned group. Police fired tear gas at demonstrators outside the courthouse who were chanting against the verdict.

(Reporting by Maggie Fick; Editing by Michael Georgy)

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