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Egyptian Court Upholds Morsi’s Death Sentence

Posted: Jun 16, 2015 at 12:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Former Egyptian President, Mohamed Morsi, has been sentenced to death for his role in the uprising that led to the ouster of long-term President Hosni Mubarak. The court had earlier sentenced Morsi to life imprisonment after being convicted on charges of spying for various militant groups, including Hamas in Palestine, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Iran.

The court upheld a death sentence against Morsi on Tuesday, for plotting jailbreaks and attacks on police during the 2011 uprising that forced Mubarak out of office.

Morsi and more than 100 defendants were earlier sentenced to death last month.

Tuesday’s ruling comes after the court consulted Egypt’s grand mufti, the government interpreter of Islamic law, who plays an advisory role.

The earlier sentence on Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected President, was one of a total of 17 life sentences that were handed down on charges of spying.

On the same day, the general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, was also sentenced to 25 years in jail on spying charges, while the Brotherhood’s leader, Khairat el-Shater, and two others were sentenced to death in the same case.

Death sentences were also handed to 13 other defendants in absentia, including, exiled Egyptian-born cleric, Yusuf al-Qaradaw, who was condemned to death from his base in Qatar