Egyp­tian court up­holds 20-year jail sen­tence for Morsi

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CAIRO - An Egyp­tian court has up­held a 20-year jail sen­tence passed against ousted pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi for his role in the killing of pro­test­ers out­side the pres­i­den­tial palace in Cairo in De­cem­ber 2012.

Satur­day’s rul­ing by the Court of Ces­sa­tion is the first fi­nal ver­dict against Morsi since his ouster and sub­se­quent de­ten­tion in July 2013. He has been con­victed and sen­tenced to death and life im­pris­on­ment in three sep­a­rate cases, but these rul­ings are un­der ap­peal.

Freely elected in June 2012, the Is­lamist Morsi was ousted a year later by the mil­i­tary, then led by his suc­ces­sor, Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah al-Sisi, who was elected with a land­slide in June 2014. — AFP

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