Former Egyptian President Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Muslim Brotherhood leader and former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsy has been sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole. The charges of violence and inciting violence refer to the torture and killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012. He and his 14 co-defendants avoided the death penalty as they were all acquitted of murder. Morsy was Egypt’s first freely elected president in June 2012. During the trial, Morsy refused to recognize the court as legal, stating he was still the president of Egypt. He also stands trial in several other cases, including charges of leaking secrets to Qatar, conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas to destabilize Egypt, and organizing a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak …

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