51 students dismissed from Al-Azhar University
Pro-Muslim Brotherhood students protest at Al-Azhar University - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Al-Azhar University President Abdel Hay Azab decided irreversibly Sunday to dismiss 51 students, Youm7 reported.

It was added that he decided also to open an investigation into two other students, and dismiss another three from the university campus. The exact reasons for the dismissals were not cited, but large numbers of university students across Egypt have been dismissed and arrested by the police for demonstrations and riots that erupted at universities—especially Al-Azhar University—after the ousting of former president Mohamed Morsi in Summer 2013.

In addition to the latest Al-Azhar dismissals, Al-Shorouq reported Saturday that Zagazig University in the Nile Delta dismissed 19 students over accusations they were Muslim Brotherhood members and that they were among those who took part in demonstrations at the university.

It was added that the decision was taken after the students were convicted of participating in riots and incitement against the army and police.

In statements reported by Al-Arabiya Sunday, Azab said the total number of recent student dismissals at Al-Azhar had reached 161, and 60 had been referred for criminal investigations. A security source inside the university said Al-Azhar was adopting a very strict policy with students convicted of rioting, the dismissals are final and the students no longer have the right to take exams.

“The dismissed students will not be allowed to return to the university ever again,” Azab told Sada Al-Balad Saturday.

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