Egypt’s ex-president Morsi sentenced to 20 years in prison

Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for inciting a show of force and violence, arresting protesters and physically abusing them, outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in December 2012.

Twelve other defendants, including Muslim Brotherhood leading figures Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam El-Erian, and ex-presidential aides, also received twenty-year sentences on the same charges. Ali Gamal Saber and Abdel-Hakim Abdel-Rahman received ten-year sentences.

Morsi and all 14 other defendants were acquitted of committing premeditated murder and possessing ammunition.

This is the first verdict issued against Morsi since his ouster in July 2013.

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