Over 60 Morsi Supporters Acquitted


A cameraman, Mohamed Badr, working for the broadcaster Al-Jazeera was also cleared by the judges.

The supporters who were acquitted are believed to have links to the Muslim Brotherhood and had been accused of attempted murder and rioting following deadly clashes in Cairo.

The Islamists were demonstrating against Morsi’s removal from power by the military in July 2013.

Egypt's first democratically elected President is currently facing four separate trials on various charges.

The interim government has declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization and arrested thousands of its members since last year.

As the judge announced the acquittals on Sunday, defendants and their families shouted "Justice is done" and "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great).

Last week, Egyptian prosecutors filed criminal charges against 20 other Al-Jazeera journalists, accusing them of conspiring with the Brotherhood.

They include former BBC correspondent Peter Greste who was been held for more than a month with his producers, Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed.

They were arrested on 29 December in Cairo for allegedly holding illegal meetings with the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Another Al-Jazeera staff member, Abdullah al-Shami, has been in detention since August.

By Beth Nyaga

Source: BBC News

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