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Egypt's Morsi appeals against violence verdict

Updated: 06 19 , 2015 09:01
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CAIRO -- Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will appeal against a court conviction for violence over the killing of protesters, official news agency MENA reported on Thursday.

In April, Morsi and 12 top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood group were sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges of violence, kidnapping and torturing protesters during the 2012 demonstrations.

Morsi's lawyers submitted a request to the Court of Cassation, Egypt's highest court, to dismiss the jail sentences and order a retrial for all the defendants before another criminal court, MENA added.

Morsi, ousted by the army in response to mass protests against his rule, was sentenced to death on Tuesday over a mass jailbreak during the country's 2011 political turmoil.

Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood general guide, and other four prominent figures of the group were handed the same death penalty in the same case.

Morsi also received 25 years in prison over espionage for foreign groups against Egypt's national security. Enditem