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Egypt casting wide net with crackdown

CAIRO, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Egyptian authorities are casting a wide net in their crackdown against its opponents since deadly August clashes, a political activist said.

The Egyptian military removed Mohamed Morsi from power July 3. He was the first president elected by a democratic vote in Egyptian history.

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The military has since jailed Morsi and his supporters from the Muslim Brotherhood. Dozens of people were sentenced to prison by a military court in Suez for targeting the military with violence. One man, who The New York Times says was likely a Brotherhood supporter, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison.

The Times reports most of those convicted were sentenced for their role in bloody August confrontations between Morsi supporters and security forces. It said at least 800 people were killed during mid-August conflicts.

The newspaper said Tuesday the interim military-led government that took power after Morsi's ouster has "jailed or killed" more Islamists than former President Hosni Mubarak, who resigned during 2011 protests.

Mona Seif, a political activist who defended Morsi's supporters, said the government wasn't limiting its crackdown to Brotherhood members.

"The military and the police just round up whoever is around, and they get charged," she was quoted as saying.

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A court this week accused al-Jazeera and other news outlets with broadcasting "lies" about the interim government's role after Morsi's ouster.

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