More than 100 supporters of Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi were sentenced to ten years in jail today (May 3, 2014) on charges of killing and inciting violence, the Big News Network website reports.
The verdicts for the 102 defendants -- handed down ahead of a May 26-27 presidential election -- relate to deaths that occurred during clashes in Cairo last July between supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and security forces.
Two other Brotherhood supporters, who were defendants in the case, received seven-year jail sentences, judicial sources said.
Militant violence has spiraled since last July, when the army toppled Morsi and the authorities launched a crackdown on his supporters in the Brotherhood. Thousands of the movement's supporters have been arrested and hundreds killed, and its leaders are on trial.