CAIRO: The Cairo Misdemeanor Court Saturday sentenced eight Al-Azhar University students to five years in prison, in addition to a fine of 50,000 EGP ($7,000) each, Youm7 reported.
All eight were charged with causing violence in two separate cases.
The first incident reportedly took place on May 13 inside the university, in which three of the students were found guilty, and the second incident occurred on June 2 in front of the university and involved the five remaining students, Youm7 added.
Meanwhile, pro-Muslim Brotherhood news website Rassd reported that Mohamed Atef, deputy president of Al-Azhar University, said Saturday the number of detained Al-Azhar students on hunger strike had reached 49 cases.
He said they were protesting “against the violation of human rights practiced against them inside prison and extended temporary detention periods pending trials and they were demanding their release to be able to pursue their academic year.”