Mursi spared the death sentence

21 April 2015

But a number of supporters sentenced to death

The former president of Egypt, Mohamed Mursi, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison over the death of protesters in 2012.

The verdict follows the earlier sentencing of 22 Mursi supporters, who were handed the death sentence by a Cairo court for an attack on a police station in 2013.

Mursi, who could also have faced the death penalty, is still to be tried on a number of other charges.

The attack took place on 3 July, the day Mursi was ousted from power by the military. One policeman was killed in the incident, which took place in a town just outside Cairo.

The convicted were charged with several crimes, including murder and attempted murder.

Only 14 of the convicted were present in court with the other eight remaining on the run.

Hundreds of death sentences have been handled out to brotherhood supporters since Mursi was removed in 2013. The leader of the brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, is one of those facing the death penalty.

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Hopes were high following the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak that Egypt would transition to become an inclusive democracy.

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