Ousted Egypt President Mohammed Morsy jailed for 20 years by an Egyptian criminal court

Highlights: 

  • The case stems from violence outside the presidential palace in December 2012.
  • An Egyptian criminal court sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsy to 20 years in prison over the killing of protesters in 2012.
  • The Cairo Criminal Court issued the verdict as Morsy and other defendants in the case mostly Muslim Brotherhood leaders stood in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom at Egypt’s national police academy.
  • The case stems from violence outside the presidential palace in December 2012. Morsy's supporters attacked opposition protesters, sparking clashes that killed at least 10 people.
  • In addition to Morsy, 12 Brotherhood leaders and supporters, including Mohammed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian, also were sentenced to 20 years in prison.
  • Morsy and the rest of the defendants raised the four-finger sign symbolising the sit-in at the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, where hundreds were killed when security forces violently dispersed the sprawling sit-in by Morsy's supporters on August 14, 2013.
  • Morsi is now held at a high security prison near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.