In rare occurrence, Egypt releases 24 pro-Morsi inmates
Pro-Morsi rallies rocked Egypt's Al Azhar for the past months since the former Islamist leader's oust in July 2013 (File Archive/AFP)
Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered the release of nearly two dozen supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in consideration of the detainees' health problems, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Tuesday.
The 21 Islamist protesters had been arrested when security forces dispersed a pro-Morsi sit-in in Nahda Square in Giza last August.
Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat did not provide any information on Tuesday regarding the detainees' health concerns.
Three other pro-Morsi students were also released on Tuesday, with prosecutors citing a concern for the students' academic future.
The students had previously been charged with rioting, attacking security forces, challenging authorities and setting fire to a university building.
Interim authorities have cracked down hard on Muslim Brotherhood members and their empathisers since Morsi's ouster in July, resulting in thousands detained and the group's top leadership standing trial for a variety of charges.
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