Egypt to try 71 Brotherhood students

2014-12-08 18:48
(AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

(AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cairo - Egypt's prosecutor general on Monday referred to trial 71 students of the prestigious Al-Azhar University on charges of joining the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and holding illegal protests, a judicial official said.

Hundreds of students have been tried in civilian courts after violence on campuses, bastions of pro-Islamist activists since the army's overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

The students from Al-Azhar, the highest seat of learning in Sunni Islam, indicted on Monday were arrested in separate clashes with security forces since the October start of the new academic year, the official said.

They are being charged with taking part in unauthorised protests, rioting, assaulting security forces and joining the Muslim Brotherhood, which Cairo has branded a "terrorist group", the official added.

The authorities have enforced new regulations to limit student protests on campuses calling for Morsi's re-instatement, many of which degenerate into clashes with security forces.

In November, five university students were referred to military trial for allegedly torching a university building during a pro-Morsi protest.

The measure was applied under a law passed in October expanding the army's powers to try civilians.

At least 14 students were killed on campuses in the last academic year in clashes with security forces, while one student has been killed since October.

A government crackdown on Morsi supporters since the army ousted him has resulted in at least 1 400 people dead and thousands jailed.

Several leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Morsi, are themselves on trial in cases which carry the death penalty if convicted.

Read more on:    mohammed morsi  |  egypt

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.