Africa Egypt court clears 126 Morsi backers of violence charges

Egypt court clears 126 Morsi backers of violence charges

Ousted President Mohamed Morsi
Ousted President Mohamed Morsi

(AA) – An Egyptian court has cleared 126 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi of violence-related charges, a judicial source early Sunday.

According to the source, the defendants were arrested in August and September on charges of blocking roads and violating the protest law in the Nile Delta province of Kafr al-Sheikh.

Some of the defendants, the source said, are members of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group.

Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, was ousted by the military in July of last year following massive opposition protests against his rule.

Ever since Morsi’s overthrow, Egyptian authorities have maintained a harsh crackdown on his supporters, detaining thousands and killing hundreds.

Late last year, Egyptian authorities branded the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails, as a terrorist group.