100 Al-Azhar University students sentenced to 3-5 years in prison
Al-Azhar University protest - YOUM7/Hazem Abd el-Samad

CAIRO: The Nasr City Misdemeanor Court upheld Sunday a verdict to sentence five Al-Azhar University students to five years in prison and a fine of 100,000 EGP ($14,000) for each, Youm7 reported.

Sunday, 100 Al-Azhar students were sentenced in different courts in violence-related cases, and received verdicts ranging from five to three years in prison, according to news websites.

In the Nasr City case, the prosecution accused the five students—all women—of joining an illegal group, thuggery, unlicensed protest, threatening violence, intimidating colleagues and resisting authorities.

Cairo Criminal Court also decided Sunday in an appeal session to reduce the verdict issued against 17 Al-Azhar University students from four years to three years in prison, while still leveling a 100,000 EGP fine for each.

At the beginning of this year’s studies, many university students were detained on grounds of inciting violence and protesting inside university campuses. However, many claimed campus arrests were executed randomly by security forces.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Metwally and May Anani.

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