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Egypt Sentences Former President Morsi to 20 Years in Prison for “Intimidation and Violence” towards Protestors

Categories: Middle East & North Africa, Egypt, Breaking News, Law, Politics, Protest
A banner which reads: "The revolution continues; Morsi will be back," seen in Giza this morning. Photograph shared on Twitter by @Ikhwanweb, the Twitter account of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt [1]

A banner which reads: “The revolution continues; Morsi will be back,” seen in Giza this morning. Photograph shared on Twitter by @Ikhwanweb [1], the Twitter account of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Egypt sentenced its first democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison today, found “guilty of intimidation and violence” towards protestors in 2012. He was acquitted of charges related to killing protestors.

Morsi, who is a Muslim Brotherhood member, was the president of Egypt for one year after the revolution, which overthrew Hosni Mubarak, who ruled Egypt for more than 30 years. Morsi's reign was cut short in July 2013, following massive protests calling for his ouster. Then, the Egyptian Army took command, under the leadership of Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces and Minister of Defence General Abdul Fattah El Sisi, who was later on elected as the new president of Egypt.

Cairo-based journalist Bel Trew tweeted court proceedings:

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For The Big Pharaoh, Morsi's faith should be a lesson for those in power today. He notes:

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And continues:

Tamer El-Ghobashy casts doubt on Egypt's judiciary. He says:

And the plot is not lost on Tweet Palestine, who draws parallels:

This is not all for Morsi, as the trial continues. Journalist Hafsa Halawa tweets:

Stay tuned as the Morsi saga continues in Egyptian courts.