Egypt court sentences ex-president Morsi to 20 years in prison

Former Egypt President, Mohamed Morsi
Former Egypt President, Mohamed Morsi
Former Egypt President, Mohamed Morsi

The former President of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters while he was still in power.

An Egyptian criminal court gave the verdict on Tuesday. It is the first ruling he has faced since his ousting and is one of several upcoming trials he faces, BBC reported.

In July 2013, following mass street protests against his rule, Morsi was deposed by the army.

Reportedly, since he was ousted out, the authorities have banned his Muslim Brotherhood party and arrested thousands of his supporters. Twelve other Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters, including Mohammed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian, also were sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Morsi is now held at a high security prison near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria. His incarceration there followed four months of detention at an undisclosed location, the Associated Press reported.

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