Egyptian court sentences 275 people involved in post-Morsi protests

Published December 17th, 2015 - 04:00 GMT

An Egyptian military court has jailed 275 people for alleged violence following the violent dispersal of two protest camps in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in 2013, a judicial source has said.

The court slapped 237 people with a life sentence each on charges of killing a policeman and attacking a police station in the Upper Egyptian province of Assuit, the source told Anadolu Agency.

Another 26 defendants were also slapped with a 10-year jail term each on similar charges, the source said.

In August 2013, Egyptian security forces violently cleared two massive pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo, leaving hundreds of demonstrators dead and thousands injured.

Meanwhile, the military court jailed 10 people for life and two others for 10 years in prison on charges of plotting to attack an ancient temple in Luxor in Upper Egypt last year, the source said.

Egypt has been roiled by turbulence since Morsi was deposed in a military coup two years ago.  

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