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Egyptian courts intensify crackdown on pro-Morsi supporters

Four courts sentenced 200 pro-Morsi supporters to a combined prison term of 945 years and fines to the tune of half a million Egyptian pounds on Tuesday.

Egyptian security services arrested the defendants in separate incidents during demonstrations in support of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi and rejecting the military coup in Alexandria.

The Al-Rimal Court of Misdemeanours sentenced 40 people to between seven and eight years in prison while the Al-Montazah Court of Misdemeanours sentenced 45 people to three years in prison and referred two children to juvenile courts.

The Sidi Gaber Court of Misdemeanour sentenced 129 people to three years in prison and fined each one of them to 50 thousand pounds while referred five children to juvenile courts.

The Nasr City Court of Misdemeanours sentenced 19 students from Al-Azhar University, including nine girls, to five years in prison and fined them 100 thousand Egyptian pounds each.

The Al-Shihab Human Rights Centre described the sentences as massacres calling the day on which they were issued "Sad Tuesday".

Meanwhile, the Dakahlia Court of Misdemeanours sentenced Dr Mervat Galilah, known publically as "The Rabaa Pin Prisoner" to two years in prison and set her bail at 200 Egyptian pounds. The court released Galilah after her bail was paid pending an appeal.

The Egyptian security forces arrested Galilah who is the Head of the Radiology Department at Meat- Ghamr General Hospital, while she was on duty because hospital managers reported her wearing a pin bearing the Rabaa Al-Adawiya logo.

The Egyptian prosecution accuses Galilah of inciting chaos and riots among patients against the army and the police and wearing a pin bearing Rabaa's logo.

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