Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohammad Morsi (L) and former presidential chief of staff Rafaa el-Tahtawi, sit inside the defendant’s cage during their trial in Cairo on June 16, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
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An Egyptian court sentenced two Muslim Brotherhood supporters Saturday to life in prison and 16 others to 15 years in jail for a violent assault on a Cairo neighborhood in 2013 after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.Since deposing Morsi, the authorities have held mass trials for thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, with hundreds receiving death sentences or lengthy prison terms.The Egyptian government says the judiciary is independent and that it never intervenes in its work.
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