Published December 30, 2013
CAIRO – An Egyptian court has convicted 139 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on charges ranging from rioting to sabotage, and sentenced each to two-year prison terms.
The mass trial was among scores of court cases and prosecutions in Egypt that have followed the popularly-backed July coup that ousted Morsi from power.
The 139 were arrested on July 15 for holding street protests demanding Morsi's reinstatement. Egypt's official news agency, MENA, says they clashed with residents and street vendors in a downtown Cairo district, Bab el-Shaariya.
MENA says the court Monday ruled that the defendants could pay nearly 700 dollars in fines to have their sentences suspended until a higher tribunal issues a final verdict.
The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, has held near-daily protests to denounce his ouster.