CAIRO: An estimated 150 persons gathered in Giza Tuesday afternoon to protest the morning ruling that sentenced former president Mohamed Morsi to 20 years in prison, Youm7 reported.
Clashes took place between the protesting Muslim Brotherhood members and security forces, resulting in the arrest of 15 demonstrators. One police officer was reportedly injured.
Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison for inciting violence outside the Ittihadeya Presidential Palace at the Cairo Criminal Court; the defendants were however acquitted on charges of killing the protesters.
Two of his co-defendants were sentenced to 10-year terms while the other 12 defendants, including former vice president of Freedom and Justice Party (MB’s political wing) Essam el-Erian and Mohamed el-Beltagy, the former party’s secretary in Cairo and Morsi’s aide Ahmed Abdel Aty, were sentenced to 12 years.
The prosecution accused the defendants of inciting violence, killing and torturing protesters and processing firearms and knives.