Egypt's former president sentenced to 20 years in prison

Egypt's former president sentenced to 20 years in prison
An Egyptian court has sentenced the country's former president Mohamed Mursi to 20 years in prison for his role in the killing of protesters in 2012.

Along with Mursi twelve other leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood were also sentenced to the same punishment. The last two Brotherhood members were sentenced to ten years in prison.

Mursi risked the death penalty, but he was acquitted for the charge of premeditated murder. Defense lawyers in the case has already stated that the verdicts will be appealed.

The defendants stood in a cage in the courtroom while the verdicts were read. The session was broadcasted live on Egyptian television.

Tuesday's verdict was the first against ex-president since he was ousted during a military coup in 2013. Mursi is also accused in several other lawsuits, including two espionage cases.

According to the verdict, Mursi and the other defendants are guilty of violence and of having arrested and tortured people during the demonstration outside the presidential palace in Cairo in December 2012.

Three years ago, Mursi became Egypt's first elected president, but he only got to reign for one year and three days.

Since the coup hundreds of Mursi supporters have been sentenced to death in trials which according to the UN lacks counterpart in modern times.

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