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His clients, ranging in age from 17 to 60, are "doctors, businessmen and manual laborers," among others, he said. One of his clients "wasn’t even in the country" when the events in question occurred, he said.

Among those sentenced was Haggag Saber, a 35-year-old stationary shop owner who was taking his mother to have an operation in Cairo on Monday when he heard the news. "We were shocked," he said.

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Last week, the Obama administration said it would deliver 10 Apache helicopters to Egypt, marking a partial resumption of Washington’s annual $1.3 billion in military aid, which was suspended after last summer’s coup.

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Lara El Gibaly in Minya, Egypt, and Ernesto Londono in Washington contributed to this report.

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