Former president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years on Tuesday in the ‘Presidential Palace’ case, alongside 12 other defendants.
Special police units surrounded the intensively guarded Police Academy in New Cairo where the session took place.
The Cairo Criminal Court found Morsi and 12 Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam El-Erian, guilty of ‘demonstrating power and violence’ and ‘inciting violence’ while sentencing the two other defendants in the case to 10 years in prison. All 15 defendants were acquitted of the killing protesters charge.
The ousted president and the Brotherhood leaders, including also Morsi’s deputy chief of staff, Assad Al-Sheikha, former head of president’s office, Ahmed Abdel Atty and Islamic preacher Wagdy Ghoneim, were accused in the incidents of violence that erupted outside the Presidential Palace on 5 December 2012.
Photos by Ahmed Al-Malky