Egypt’s first freely elected leader Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in jail without parole on Tuesday on charges connected to the killing of demonstrators, who were protesting against his governing Muslim Brotherhood party for abusing power.
Morsi was elected president after autocrat Hosni Mubarak’s ouster in 2011. Morsi was in office for one year, from June 2012 to July 2013, before he was removed in a protest-fueled military operation.
While Mubarak and members of his government are being acquitted of criminal charges, Morsi and his party officials are receiving stiff sentences, although they were acquitted of murder charges.
In addition to Morsi, 12 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters received the 20-year sentences. They stood in a soundproof glass box inside the courtroom in Cairo as the judge issued his verdict, which prompted no immediate protests.