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Three journalist among 36 sentenced to life in prison

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2015 | 4:00 AM

CAIRO (AP):

An Egyptian criminal court yesterday upheld death sentences for 14 people, including Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie, and Salah Soltan, and sentenced 36 others to life in prison, including three Egyptian journalists.

The court also sentenced, Soltan's son, a dual American-Egyptian citizen on a months-long hunger strike, to life in prison yesterday on charges of financing an anti-government sit-in and spreading false news.

Mohammed Soltan was arrested in August 2013, when security forces went looking for his father at his house. They didn't find the father at the time, but arrested him instead, Soltan's family said. His father, Salah, was detained later.

Mohammed, a 27-year-old Ohio State University graduate and former Barack Obama campaigner, has been on a hunger strike over his detention for more than 14 months, and his health is rapidly deteriorating, his family said.