Egypt’s Ex-President Morsi Sentenced to 20 Years
sted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi escaped a death sentence on Tuesday when an Egyptian criminal court handed him a 20-year prison term in connection with a deadly protest episode that took place during his tenure in office.
It was the first in an expected series of verdicts and sentencings of the ex-leader, who was removed in a coup led by the then-defense minister and now President Abdel Fattah Sisi. Morsi, jailed since being deposed amid huge protests against his rule in the summer of 2013, still faces several other capital cases.
In the 22 months since Morsi was ousted, Sisi has led a wide-ranging crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, which was once Egypt’s biggest political movement. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members of supporters are jailed, and hundreds more, including some of Morsi’s top deputies, have been sentenced to long prison terms or death.