The ousted president Morsi, along with 12 defendants are sentenced to 20 years in a severely secured prison for inciting violence, arresting protesters and torturing them outside the presidential palace in December 2012.
The 12 other defendants included leaders from the Muslim Brotherhood; Essam El Erian and Mohammed El Beltagy were also sentenced to 20 years in prison on the same charges. Two other defendants received 10 years.
This is the first verdict issued against Morsi since his ouster in July 2013.
Morsi’s attorney told state media that the verdict can still be appealed. However, they remain undecided because Morsi does not acknowledge the court.
The defendants were on trial over the violence that took place outside the Ittihadiya palace on 5 December 2012, where 10 people died and over 700 were injured in clashes between pro and anti Morsi protestors. The defendants were found guilty for inciting the supporters of Morsi to use violence and sabotaging.
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The pro Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy said in a statement on Tuesday that it rejects the verdict and considers it “invalid”. They also said that they won’t stop protesting against the current government as they consider it illegitimate.
According to one of the defense lawyers, Morsi still has four other trials on charges for breaking out of prison in 2011, leaking documents to Qatar, an alleged alliance with foreign organizations to incite terrorism in Egypt and insulting the judiciary during one of his trials.
Morsi was the first president of Egypt to come to power through democratic elections after the ousted Hosni Mobarak who ruled for 30 years. He won the elections against the former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, but criticism of his rule shortly began after he won the elections.
He was ousted by the army in July 2013.