Supporters of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Morsi jailed for life over attacks on army


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The Independent Online

A military court sentenced 11 supporters of Mohamed Morsi, the deposed Islamist President, to life imprisonment today on charges of attacking the army.

The men were accused of wounding seven soldiers with birdshot and throwing petrol bombs at military buildings in the city of Suez on 14 August.

On that day, one of the bloodiest in Egypt’s modern history, security forces crushed Cairo protest camps demanding Mr Morsi’s reinstatement, triggering clashes across the country. Hundreds of people were killed, including dozens of policemen.

The army-backed government has been widening its crackdown on Islamists. Top leaders of  the Muslim Brotherhood have been put on trial on charges of inciting violence. More than 1,000 people have been killed since Mr Morsi was toppled on 3 July, following mass protests against his rule.