76 referred to court over burning of Al-Azhar Faculty of Commerce
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CAIRO: Seventy-six students were referred Saturday to a criminal court over charges of burning the Faculty of Commerce at Al-Azhar University in December 2013.

According to the prosecution, the defendants were charged with mobbing, sabotaging, using violence, illegally protesting, possessing bladed weapons and burning the Faculty of Commerce, Youm7 reported.

The defendants include seven people with Turkish citizenship and 14 women.  Five of the defendants are also accused of involvement in the Lebanon Square explosions on April 18 in Mohandiseen in Giza, despite the fact the jihadist group “Soldiers of Egypt” announced its responsibility for the explosions.

In December 2013, a number of pro-Muslim Brotherhood students set fire to the Faculty of Commerce in an attempt to delay mid-term exams. The students were also protesting against the ouster of former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, which occurred on July 3, 2013.

The Faculty of Commerce incident took place three days after the then-interim government designated the MB a terrorist group on Dec. 25, 2013.

Immediately following the incident, security forces arrested more than 60 students after clashes and the government refused to postpone the exams, Arabia news reported.

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