Mohamed Morsi

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Behind Journos' 7-Year Sentence: Vacation Photos?

Trio of al-Jazeera reporters convicted, sentenced today

(Newser) - Egypt today sentenced three al-Jazeera journalists to at least 7 years in prison on charges of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which the country has deemed a terrorist organization—in a case that saw the prosecution provide scant and largely unrelated evidence. The men were also charged with creating false footage... More »

Egypt Swears In a New President

El-Sissi replaces Mohamed Morsi less than a year after he ousted him

(Newser) - Egypt's former army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was sworn in today as president for a four-year term, taking the reins of power in a nation roiled since 2011 by deadly unrest and economic woes. El-Sissi's inauguration came less than a year after the 59-year-old career infantry officer ousted the... More »

In Egypt Election, Ex-Army Chief Crushes Sole Opponent

El-Sissi takes 92% of vote amid tepid turnout

(Newser) - With nearly all votes in Egypt's presidential election counted, the country's former military chief has won a crushing victory over his sole opponent with more than 92% of the votes, according to results announced by his campaign early today. The campaign of retired field marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said... More »

Egypt Military Chief Seeks Presidency

Al-Sisi expected to win easily

(Newser) - The most powerful man in Egypt has thrown his military fatigues aside to run for president. Field Marshal Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi, who led the overthrow of elected President Mohamed Morsi last summer, announced on TV late yesterday that he was stepping down as military chief to answer "the demand of... More »

Egypt Sentences 529 to Death

'Over the top' sentences handed to Morsi supporters will be appealed

(Newser) - A court in Egypt convicted 529 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and sentenced them to death on charges of murdering a policeman and attacking police officers during violence last summer. The majority of the defendants were tried in absentia while more than 150 stood trial in unprecedentedly rushed... More »

At New Trial's Start, Morsi Shouts—in Soundproof Cage

This trial is related to the escape of inmates during the 2011 uprising

(Newser) - Egypt's toppled president, Mohamed Morsi, stood alone in a soundproof glass-encased metal cage at the start of a new trial today wearing a white prison uniform, pacing, and shouting angrily at the judge in apparent disbelief: "Who are you? Tell me!" Judge Shabaan el-Shami, who controls the... More »

29 Killed as Egypt Marks Revolution's Anniversary

Many celebrate, call on army chief to run for president

(Newser) - The anniversary of Egypt's 2011 uprising brought a violent display of the country's furious divisions today, as giant crowds danced at government-backed rallies and security forces crushed demonstrations by rival Islamists and some secular activists. Clashes nationwide killed at least 29 protesters, health officials said. The starkly contrasting... More »

Morsi to Face Another Trial —and the Death Penalty

He is charged with working with Hamas to destabilize Egypt after his ouster

(Newser) - Mohamed Morsi's legal troubles just got a lot worse: Egypt's top prosecutor referred the former Islamist president to trial for conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah, and others to carry out a campaign of violence to destabilize the country following his ouster. Prosecutors claim that... More »

Egypt Sentences 21 Women, Then Arrests Their Lawyer

14 of the women were sentenced to 11 years in prison on Wednesday

(Newser) - As protests rage on in Egypt, the lawyer at the helm of the defense team representing 21 young female protesters was today arrested at home for "incitement of violence," CNN reports. On Wednesday, 14 of the women—mostly aged 18 to 22, the AP notes—were sentenced to... More »

Morsi Blasts Court as His Trial Adjourns

Deposed leader seen for first time since coup

(Newser) - Mohamed Morsi blasted a court as having no jurisdiction and twice declared that he is Egypt's president in the first day of his trial—which was quickly adjourned until Jan. 8. The BBC describes a highly charged scene: Morsi was flown in from a secret location via helicopter, marking... More »

Amid Frosty Relations, Kerry Drops In on Egypt

Unannounced trip comes on eve of Morsi trial

(Newser) - US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Egypt today on an unannounced visit that is the highest-level American trip to the country since the military booted Mohamed Morsi in July, prompting the US to yank hundreds of millions in military aid. Denying that the suspension of aid was punitive,... More »

38 Killed in Egypt Street Clashes

Morsi supporters battle cops, pro-military crowds

(Newser) - Thirty-eight people have been killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted Islamist president Morsi in Egypt today, the country's Health Ministry says. Street battles raged for hours in Cairo, as demonstrators fired birdshot and threw firebombs at police who responded with gunshots and tear gas. The... More »

Egypt Outlaws the Muslim Brotherhood

All of its assets can now be seized

(Newser) - An Egyptian court has banned the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt state TV announced today. The ruling, which can be appealed, opens the door for authorities to... More »

Morsi to Stand Trial for 'Inciting Killing and Thuggery'

During 2012 protests

(Newser) - Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is headed to court along with 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members for "committing acts of violence, and inciting killing and thuggery," a state prosecutor decided today. The charges relate to violent protests outside the presidential palace in December last year, after Morsi expanded... More »

Mubarak Free by Week's End: Lawyer

Corruption charges against former Egypt strongman are dissipating

(Newser) - As Egypt continues to melt down, with the death toll from days of unrest nearing 1,000, the longtime strongman overthrown in the nation's bloody 2011 revolt is on the verge of becoming a free man. Hosni Mubarak will be released from jail this week, his lawyer tells Reuters... More »

Citing Snipers, Brotherhood Calls Off Rally

Defense minister says 'we will not stand by'

(Newser) - The Muslim Brotherhood today canceled a massive protest against Egypt's military, saying the move was prompted by "the presence of army snipers" positioned along the planned route in the streets of Cairo. Another protest march to the Supreme Constitutional Court was to go forward, reports al-Jazeera , and security... More »

2 Signs That Egypt Faces Another Brutal Day

Protesters begin hitting the streets after prayers

(Newser) - Two ominous developments suggest Egypt is in for another brutal day: First, the Muslim Brotherhood's website today declares that "the struggle to overthrow this illegitimate regime is an obligation," reports CNN . Second, the government made a point to authorize the use of live ammunition by security forces,... More »

Egypt Death Toll Hits 638

Families seek loved ones as Muslim Brotherhood tries to regroup

(Newser) - Weeping relatives in search of loved ones uncovered the faces of the bloodied, unclaimed dead in a Cairo mosque near the smoldering epicenter of support for ousted President Mohammed Morsi, as the death toll soared past 600 today from Egypt's deadliest day since the Arab Spring began. World condemnation... More »

Obama Cancels Military Exercises With Egypt

President condemns new violence

(Newser) - President Obama interrupted his vacation today to condemn the violence in Egypt and announce that the US is canceling joint military exercises with the nation, reports CNN . "Our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual while civilians are being killed in the streets," said Obama in his brief address... More »

278 Dead in Egypt Clashes

John Kerry delivers warning in surprise appearance at State Dept.

(Newser) - At least 278 people died in vicious battles between Egyptian security forces and supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi, and 235 of them were civilians, according to state TV. Interim Interior Minister Gen. Mohammed Ibrahim said 43 of the dead are police officers. "It's an open war,"... More »

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