Cairo’s Criminal Court was held in the police academy today, sentenced the deposed president Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in maximum security prison in “Itihadeya incidents” along with 14 Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leaders. This is the first verdict for the deposed president, who is still on trial for two other cases, spying for foreign powers and escaping prison during Hosni Mubarak’s rule, Egypt’s former president.
Mubarak governed for 30 years, since 1981 until the 25 January revolution. “Itihadeya incidents” were the clashes between MB supporters and other protesters that killed 10, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Health. The clashes took place outside the presidential palace carrying the same name in December 2012.
The team of lawyers presented evidences showing eight of the Muslim Brotherhood members died on the same night in the clashes and the Ministry of Health refused to count them among the incident’s victims, according to Al Shorouk Newspaper. The courthouse found Morsi innocent of murdering with premeditation and sentenced him for charges of “violence, enticing riots and torturing protesters” outside the palace walls.
Morsi’s son, Osama Morsi told the Anadolu news agency that none of the former presidents’ family has been present in the past trials nor were they planning to ever attend. Osama attended today’s verdict session as a member of the lawyers team representing his father, not as a family member. The 14 MB leaders include prominent figures like Essam el Erian and Mohamed el Beltagy who lost his daughter in the Rabaa Massacre.
The Egyptian Ministry of Interior urged civilians to stay away from gathering points in certain squares in Cairo earlier today, amid calls on social media for a “revolutionary movement” that the MB supporters initiated in response to the former president receiving his first verdict after 15 months on trial. Besides, fueling the protest calls was the prediction of the verdict that showed the possibility of Morsi receiving a death sentence, according to Al Masry Al Youm.
Prominent squares including Tahrir, Mustafa Mahmoud, Giza and Dokki witnessed intensified security measures, also the police academy in which the trial took place was entirely secured. Morsi will start wearing the blue suit that inmates who received sentences wear. Morsi has been wearing a white suit for over a year, white is for those waiting to be sentenced.