An Egyptian man holds a portrait of ousted president Mohammed Morsi as hundreds demonstrate in Cairo on August 30, 2013
An Egyptian man holds a portrait of ousted president Mohammed Morsi as hundreds demonstrate in Cairo on August 30, 2013 © Gianluigi Guercia - AFP/File
An Egyptian man holds a portrait of ousted president Mohammed Morsi as hundreds demonstrate in Cairo on August 30, 2013
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Last updated: March 11, 2014

Egypt court jails pro-Morsi "rioters" for 3 years

An Egyptian court jailed 77 supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi Tuesday for three years for rioting during deadly clashes in Cairo that killed dozens last August, a judicial source said.

The court also ordered that they report to police regularly for another three years after their release.

The fighting erupted in the days following August 14, when hundreds died in clashes when security forces stormed two sit-ins demanding Morsi's reinstatement after his ouster by the military in July.

The defendants were arrested in central Cairo as they marched toward the Al-Fath mosque in the Ramses area -- the site of clashes between Islamist protesters and security forces, state news agency MENA reported.

Separately, a criminal court in the southern city of Assiut sentenced 10 students from Al-Azhar University, the most prestigious institution in Sunni Islam, to three years for being members of a banned group and obstructing public work.

They were also convicted of possessing publications that allegedly incited people to oppose authorities.

Since Morsi's ouster, his supporters have gathered regularly to call for his reinstatement.

Their rallies have often deteriorated into street clashes with security forces and Morsi's civilian opponents. But their numbers have declined amid a government crackdown that has killed more than 1,400 people and arrested thousands.

Authorities designated Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group in December.

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