Ousted Egyptian President Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

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Former President Morsi Inside the Defendant’s Cage at the Cairo Criminal Court

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for ordering the arrests and murders of anti-Muslim Brotherhood protesters during his reign.  Morsi was ousted in July 2013 after one year in power.  A strong anti-Muslim Brotherhood sentiment had built in the country after Morsi had turned his back on many of the promises he made when he ran for election.

The Cairo Criminal Court also sentenced 12 other leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood to 20 years in prison, and another 2 received 10-year sentences.  However, the court did acquit the Muslim Brotherhood members of the more serious charge of ordering and inciting the murder of protesters, which could’ve seen them sentenced to death.

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