CAIRO - An Egyptian court sentenced 23 pro-democracy activists on Sunday to three years in prison each for holding an unlicenced protest, after international calls to free the defendants. The rights activists include Yara Sallam and Sanaa Seif, described by Amnesty International as ‘prisoners of conscience.’ The Cairo court also ordered each of the 23 defendants to pay a fine of 10,000 Egyptian pounds (about $1,390). Some of the activists had supported the military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year which unleashed a deadly crackdown on his Islamist supporters.