36 Al-Azhar University students sentenced to 4 years in prison
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CAIRO: A total of 36 Al-Azhar University students were sentenced Sunday to four years in prison with labor, and a journalist was acquitted over charges related to violence outside the university in December, when Azhar students blocked roads, attacked bystanders and damaged private cars and stores, according to El-Watan News.

 Nasr City Misdemeanor Court fined the convicted students in the case 30,000 EGP (U.S. $4,250) each.

Further, the Court of Administrative Judiciary Sunday adjourned lawsuits filed by 70 students challenging their expulsion from Al-Azhar University university to May 18, and added them to lawsuits against the expulsion of 120 other Al-Azhar University students, according to Shorouq News. The 120 students were expelled in January and 79 more in early May on charges of engaging in violence and sabotage.

 Another 12 Al-Azhar University students were sentenced to 17 years in prison in November by a misdemeanor court and fined 64,000 EGP ($9,080) for a number of charges including sabotage and possession of weapons.

In a different case with similar charges, 19 Al-Azhar University students were sentenced in February to five years in prison and fined 100,000 EGP ($14,190). All the sentences are currently being appealed.

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