Egyptian supreme court

An Egyptian court sentenced 53 people to prison terms ranging from between two and five years for “inciting riots’ in the Sharqia province, a judicial source said. The source, who spoke to the Anadolu Agency on condition of anonymity, said the Misdemeanour Court also acquitting 22 others.

He added that the ruling is subject to appeal. Eight of those convicted were sentenced to five years with hard labour, and 45 to two years.

But the source said that all the defendants had been previously arrested but it did not specify if they all attended the court session on Tuesday.

The public prosecutor accused the defendants of rioting, inciting violence and demonstrating against the army, police, state institutions, "joining a terrorist group”, “harming national unity and social peace” and possessing fireworks.

The charges relate to an event in Sharqia during protests following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.