An Egyptian court has sentenced 65 loyalists of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi up to 10 years in prison over inciting anti-state riots, protests and violence. Zagazig Criminal Court sentenced 44 defendants to 10 years in jail and 21 to two years while acquitting eight of the said charges, reported an agency.
The convicts are mostly members and supporters of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group which has been outlawed in Egypt as a terrorist organisation.
Morsi was ousted by the military in early July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule and his Brotherhood group.
Morsi is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence for inciting deadly clashes between his supporters and opponents in late 2012 and a 25-year jail term over leaking classified documents to Qatar.