World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt's Al-Azhar University on Sunday expelled 51 students for their alleged involvement in "violence", bringing to 122 the total number of expelled students this academic year.
University President Abdel-Hay Azab has decided to "expel 51 students for partaking in violent events," the university said in a statement.
"The expulsions have been ratified after it was proven that the students had been involved in violent incidents on campus," the statement added.
Citing similar reasons, the university had expelled 71 students earlier this month.
Mahmoud al-Azhari, spokesman for the "Students against Coup" group, has condemned the university move to expel the students.
"The expulsions are an infringement on the student's right to participate in political life," al-Azhari told The Anadolu Agency.
Under Egyptian law, expelled students can't enroll in other universities to pursue their education.
In October, President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi approved new legislation that grants university presidents the right to dismiss students involved in campus protests or riots.
Al-Azhar University has become a center of protests in support of former President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted by the military in July of last year.
Egyptian security agencies accuse Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group of using university students as tools to oppose the current authorities.
While opponents describe Morsi's ouster a "military coup", supporters term his overthrow as an "army-backed popular uprising"
Güncelleme Tarihi: 28 Aralık 2014, 15:55