35 Al-Azhar Uni. students acquitted more than 2 years after detention
Al-Azhar University clashes - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A total of 35 Al-Azhar University students were acquitted by the Court of Cassation of violence committed at the university in December 2013 during protests against the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, Youm7 reported Saturday.

Nasr City Misdemeanor Court had upheld a five-year prison term and a fine of 100,000 EGP per person over vandalism committed at the university Dec. 29, 2013.

The students have been jailed since 2013; the law does not compensate those detained pending trial then acquitted unless they file a lawsuit.

Also on Saturday, the same court revoked sentences of three years in prison handed down to 17 students over violence at the dorm of Al-Azhar University in January 2014. A retrial is scheduled for June 4.

Violent protests erupted at Al-Azhar University from 2013 to 2015 demanding the reinstatement of former president Mohamed Morsi. Amid vandalism inside and outside the university, hundreds of students were arrested, tried and expelled from the school.

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