Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi sentenced to 20 years in jail

Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi was jailed for two decades on Tuesday, charged in connection with deadly violence outside his palace in 2012.

Once one of the most powerful men in Egypt, Mr Morsi stood in a glass encased cage as the sentence was read aloud. It was the first of five verdicts against the former Egyptian president. He could yet face the death penalty over accusations of espionage.

Mr Morsi and 12 other defendants, among them senior officials in the Muslim Brotherhood, were sentenced to 20 years in jail for involvement in the arrests and torture of protesters during his rule.

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