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Egypt court to issue verdict on ousted leader April 21

January 8, 2015

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court says it will announce a verdict in one of the trials of ousted President Mohammed Morsi on April 21.

Thursday’s decision concerns charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012, when Muslim Brotherhood members attacked a sit-in, sparking clashes that killed 10 people. If found guilty, Morsi could face the death penalty.

The military removed Morsi from office in July 2013 following mass protests demanding his resignation. Since then the government has launched a sweeping crackdown on the Brotherhood and other political opponents.

Morsi faces two other ongoing cases and a set of charges that have yet to be brought to trial.

Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, but his turbulent one-year rule left the country sharply divided.

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