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  • Deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi listens to his verdict behind bars at a court on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt June 16, 2015.

    Deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi listens to his verdict behind bars at a court on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt June 16, 2015. | Photo: Reuters

Published 30 December 2017
Opinion

The country’s first ever democratically elected president was ousted in a coup by the current president less than a year into his rule.

Despite already serving two sentences that amount to 45 years in prison, Egypt sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to three years in prison Saturday along with 19 others, and fined him 2 million Egyptian pounds, US$112,700, on charges of insulting the judiciary.

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Others tried by the court in the same case including leading Egyptian activist Alaa Abdel Fattah and lawmaker and television presenter Tawfik Okasha were instead given fines ranging from 30,000 to 1 million Egyptian pounds.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president after Egypt's 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, now the president, following mass protests against his rule.

He was immediately arrested and is now serving a 20-year sentence over inciting the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012 and a 25-year sentence for spying for Qatar.

Meanwhile, el-Sisi’s judiciary has dropped all charges against former dictator Hosni Mubarak and many of his government officials who were tried and convicted of killing hundreds of protesters during the Arab Spring-inspired protests against his decades-long rule. Mubarak is now free after just six years in prison. 

The aftermath of Mursi’s ouster saw the killing of thousands of his supporters by el-Sisi's regime as well as the prosecution of many Islamist and secular activists who were part of the 2011 revolution.

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