Court acquits protesters

CAIRO. — An Egyptian top court acquitted on Saturday 18 university students loyal to the currently-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group of illegal protests against the ouster of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, official MENA news agency reported.

The case dates back to November 2013, four months after Morsi’s military overthrow and the massive security crackdown on his supporters.

Egypt’s supreme Court of Cassation acquitted the 18 students of breaking into Mansoura University in Daqahliya Province north of Cairo, committing acts of violence and sabotage, protesting without permit, joining an outlawed group and resisting the authorities.

The students were sentenced from two to five years in prison by Mansoura Criminal Court in their first retrial, but they appealed the verdict for the second and last time and were acquitted by the Court of Cassation. — Xinhua.

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