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Former Egyptian President Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Former Egyptian President Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

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Deposed President Mohammed Morsi and 12 co-defendants have been sentenced to 20 years in maximum security prison for violence outside the Presidential Palace in December 2012.

The former President and all other defendants were acquitted by the Court on charges of incitement to murder protesters, but were found guilty of intimidation, general violence and torture of protesters. Two defendants received 10 years in prison.

The deposed President and Muslim Brotherhood member was among 15 high profile Muslim Brotherhood leaders on trial for the killing of protesters outside the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in December 2012.

The violence outside the Presidential Palace resulted in the deaths of 10 people, including a journalist, and injuries of more than 700 others.

Morsi, who was deposed on July 3 after mass protests against his government, had won Egypt’s first free democratic elections since former Hosni Mubarak was toppled in 2011.

Among other cases Morsi and numerous Muslim Brotherhood leaders are facing relate to charges of espionage and escape from prison during the January 25 revolution.

The former President is expected to appeal his 20 year prison sentence, said sources to state media Al-Ahram.

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