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March 20, 2014 AT 1:56 PM
An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced 17 people to 14 years in jail each on charges including assault and occupying public buildings during protests at Cairo's Al-Azhar University last year. The defendants, believed to be supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, had demonstrated to demand investigation and punishment of those responsible for mass food poisoning at the Al-Azhar campus. Security forces have cracked down hard on the Brotherhood since Mursi's ouster last July, killing hundreds of supporters in the streets and arresting thousands of others. The movement's top leaders are on trial.