Ousted Egyptian President Morsi Sentenced To 20 Years in Prison

An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison on charges linked to the killing of protesters in 2012.

The conviction, which can be appealed, and muted Islamist reaction following it underscore the dramatic downfall of Morsi, 63, and Egypt's once-powerful Muslim Brotherhood group. However, Morsi escaped receiving a death sentence in the case, which Islamists derided as a "farce."

Tuesday’s ruling was the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely elected leader.

Morsi and the Brotherhood swiftly rose to power in elections after autocrat Hosni Mubarak's 2011 ouster, only to find themselves imprisoned a year later when millions protested against them for abusing power and the military overthrew the government.

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