Egypt jails 19 Mursi supporters for five years

A student supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Mohammad Mursi stands with others amidst tear gas fired by riot police after clashes broke out during a demonstration outside Cairo, May 14, 2014. (Reuters)

An Egyptian court jailed 19 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammad Mursi for five years on Saturday for storming the offices of the head of the prestigious Al-Azhar Islamic institution, judicial sources said.

The army-installed government has rounded up thousands of Morsi's supporters and tried them in mass hearings since his ouster in July last year.

The defendants were accused of damaging public property, assaulting civil servants, blocking roads and displaying aggression for storming the offices of the head of the al-Azhar institution in Cairo in November, the sources said.

Large fines

Each defendant was also fined $2,850.

A minor involved in the case was sentenced to three years in juvenile detention, while one Turkish national was acquitted of the charges, they added.

Following the ouster of Mursi, Egypt's first democratically elected, civilian president, his supporters have staged protests that have often degenerated into violent street clashes with security forces and civilian opponents.

At least 1,400 people, mostly Islamists, have been killed in these clashes, and more than 15,000 jailed.

Hundreds have been sentenced to death after speedy trials.

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