Egypt court acquits Morsi critics of inciting violence

By REUTERS
July 7, 2013 20:49

CAIRO - A group of leading Egyptian activists on trial for inciting violence during protests against former President Mohamed Mursi were acquitted on Sunday by a court in Cairo, state news agency MENA reported, days after Morsi was ousted by the armed forces.

The eleven defendants - including Alaa Abdel Fattah, Ahmed Douma, and Nawara Negm - were outspoken critics of Morsi and his Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, and activists said their case was part of a wider crackdown on dissent.

Morsi was toppled by the military on Wednesday, a year after he became Egypt's first freely elected president, following mass protests against him amid economic stagnation and fears of a power grab by the Muslim Brotherhood.


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