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Egypt court jails 126 Morsi backers for 10 years

An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 126 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to 10 years in prison each over protest violence, judicial sources said.

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Sunday sentenced 126 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to 10 years in prison each over protest violence, judicial sources said.

They were found guilty of taking part in riots, attacking security forces and participating in violent clashes on August 16, two days after police killed hundreds of Morsi supporters in Cairo.

They were also charged of membership in a banned group, a reference to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

The army-installed government has rounded up thousands of Morsi supporters and put them on mass trials since his ouster in July last year.

The court in the Kafr El-Sheikh governorate north of Cairo also sentenced six other people to one year in prison each, although the charges against them were not immediately available.

But judicial sources said that the 132 people standing in Sunday's trial were also fined 1,000 Egyptian pounds (about $143 and 111 euros) each.

A relentless crackdown on Morsi's supporters have killed more than 1,400 people, while hundreds have also been sentenced to death after speedy trials.

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