An Egyptian court on Tuesday sentenced ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 12 other defendants to 20 years in jail for involvement in the arrests and torture of protesters during his rule.
But the court acquitted Morsi — Egypt’s first freely elected president — of murder charges that could have seen him sentenced to death over the killings of a journalist and two protesters during clashes outside a presidential palace in 2012.
Mursi had been facing the prospect of a death penalty, which would have been a symbolic blow against his Muslim Brotherhood movement — target of a brutal government crackdown after then army chief and now president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew him on July 3, 2013.
Ahead of the verdict, the Brotherhood slammed Sisi and called for pro-Mursi protests on Tuesday.
“The coup commander is exploiting the judiciary as a weapon in the battle against popular will and the democratic and revolutionary legitimacy represented by President Mohammad Mursi,” it said in a statement.
Mursi also faces a possible death penalty in two other trials, including one in which he is accused of spying for foreign powers… see more