Ousted Egypt president Morsi sentenced to 20 years

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in jail over protester deaths in 2012, in a televised court decision.

It is the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely-elected leader.

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi Credit: Reuters

The Cairo Criminal Court issued the verdict as Morsi and other defendants in the case - mostly Muslim Brotherhood leaders - stood in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom at Egypt's national police academy.

The case stems from violence outside the presidential palace in December 2012.