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Former Egyptian president is sentenced to 20 years

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Published: 09:54 GMT, Apr 21, 2015 |
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Former Egypt President Mohamed Mursi and 12 other defendants have been sentenced to 20 years in prison, by the court. Mursi was charged with inciting the killing of protesters, in connection to the deaths of 10 people outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

He also faces serious charges in three other cases, including an accusation that he passed intelligence to a foreign country. Also, the Egyptian government sent a message that it would not tolerate any opposition.

Mursi was deposed by his military chief and the Minister of Defence after the mass protests against his rule in 2013. Following the coup, the former president’s supporters launched a series of protests and sit-ins across the country. In this protest, at least 817 protesters were killed in Cairo when security forces opened fire on a sit-in.

Until now, thousands have been imprisoned, with many supporters of Mursi facing mass trials facing charges of involvement in violence.