43 Cairo Uni. students approved to take final exams in prison
Cairo University - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A total of 43 Cairo University jailed students will take their final college exams in prison, deputy head of the university Mohamed al-Khesht told Youm7 Wednesday.

The Prison Authority sent a letter to the university to request sending committees to prisons to test the jailed students, which the university “approved at once out of concern over the students’ interests,” Khesht said.

In two academic years after the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, massive protests were staged at Egyptian universities by pro-Muslim Brotherhood students, especially at Al-Azhar and Cairo universities, both based in the Egyptian capital.

Hundreds of students were arrested and tried during the protests; several others were killed during confrontations with the police. Some buildings at the universities were sabotaged and torched.

Although many students have been handed prison terms, a number of them were acquitted, given a retrial or had their sentences reduced in recent months by higher courts.

On May 21, 35 Al-Azhar University students were acquitted by the Court of Cassation of violence committed at the university in December 2013.

Also on May 21, 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.

During the last midterm exams, 3,462 jailed students across Egypt were allowed to take midterm tests in special exam rooms, according to a January statement by the Interior Ministry.

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