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Breaking: Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

The deposed president has been charged for inciting violence and arresting and assaulting protestors, though he is said to refuse to recognise the court's jurisdiction.

In the initial verdict in deposed president Mohamed Morsi’s trial, the ex-leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party has been handed a 20-year prison sentence on charges of inciting violence and arresting and physically assaulting protestors in the events around the presidential palace in December 2012. However, he and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated defendants were acquitted of charges of premeditated murder and the possession of live ammunition.

Leading Muslim Brotherhood figures Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam El-Erian, among 10 others, were charged with the same crimes as Morsi and have received the same sentence.

As an initial sentence, this verdict can still be appealed. Speaking to Ahram Online, Morsi’s defense team have stated that they are still “undecided on the issue” as the ex-president is said to not recognise the court’s jurisdiction. 


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