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Egypt sentences 139 pro-Morsy protesters

Egypt sentences 139 pro-Morsy protesters

Cairo: An Egyptian court has convicted 139 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsy on charges ranging from rioting to sabotage, and sentenced each to two-year prison terms.

The 139 were arrested on July 15, 2013 for holding street protests demanding Morsy’s reinstatement. Egypt’s official news agency, MENA, says they clashed with residents and street vendors in a downtown Cairo district, Bab el-Shaariya.

MENA says the court on Monday ruled that the defendants could pay nearly 700 dollars in fines to have their sentences suspended until a higher tribunal issues a final verdict.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsy hails, has held near-daily protests to denounce his ouster.

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