Tuesday, June 16, 2015 10:26 am
An Egyptian court has sentenced former president Mohamed Morsi to 25 years imprisonment or what in Egyptian penal code is deemed to be life imprisonment.Two leaders of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat El-Beltagy and Mohamed El-Beltagy were also jailed 25 years, Egyptian State TV reported today.
Both leaders were convicted for alleged conspiracy with foreign groups on 16 May.
The court is also expected to deliver its final verdict in Mohamed Morsi’s jailbreak case on Tuesday.
Since he was ousted and detained, Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood had faced various incidents of judicial humiliation, in the hands of President El-Sisi’s government.
On 16 May, Morsi, along with more than 100 other people, were sentenced to death for collaborating with foreign militants to free Islamists during a prison break from the Wadi Natroun prison amid the Egyptian revolution in January 2011.
Among his 105 co-defendants were some 70 Palestinians, accused of being members of Hamas, who were charged and tried in absentia. And among the Palestinians sentenced to death, Hassan Salameh has been in an Israeli prison since 1994, and Raed Attar is already dead.
The death sentence was atop a 20-year sentence for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters while in power.
Morsi was the president of Egypt for one year after the revolution, which overthrew Hosni Mubarak early 2011, 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 is now Egypt’s president.
Since being deposed of power, Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement was banned in Egypt, and thousands of its supporters arrested.