Egypt Court Jails 102 Morsi Supporters for 10 Yearsإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
An Egyptian court sentenced 102 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 10 years in prison Saturday over protest violence, state television reported.
The army-installed government has rounded up thousands of Morsi supporters and put them on mass trials since overthrowing him in July.
The Cairo court sentenced two others to seven years in prison.
Last week a court in the southern city of Minya sentenced 683 people, including the leader of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, to death in an initial ruling.
This is not as bad as it sounds. You recall the 529 who were sentences to death last month for killing the poor police officer, four hundred some of them later having their death sentences commuted to life imprisonment? They each had a share in the man's death, so they each must pay the penalty, was that judge's apparent rationale. In the present case, the judge may feel that each of the defedants had a proportional responsibility for the unrest so each should serve a proportional sentence: ten years divided by 102 gives about 0.1 year per defendant, 36.5 days in jail: a small price to pay for "liberty under law". The headline didn't say they were "each" sentenced to 10 years.
Several of those convicted we're deceased or out of the country at the time of the protest that resulted in the man's death. Which makes a mockery of the judgement.