Egypt’s Morsi sentenced to 20 years in jail

Cairo, Oct 22 (IANS) An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in prison, the media reported.

He faced charges of violence and murder which occurred outside the presidential palace in 2012, Xinhua news agency reported.

Egypt’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, rejected Morsi’s appeal, rendering the sentence.

The case dates back to December 2012 when clashes erupted outside the presidential palace between Morsi’s supporters and opponents, during which 10 people died.

Morsi was deposed by the army in 2013 in response to mass protests against his rule.

Furthermore, on May 17 last year, Morsi and 106 of his Muslim brotherhood supporters received death sentences over a mass jail break following the 2011 uprising which removed the country’s long time ruler Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi, along with seven other Muslim brotherhood members, received life sentences after the court found them guilty of conspiring with militant Hamas and Hezbullah groups against Egypt’s national security.