Morsi

Egypt Court Nullifies Morsi’s Death Sentence

Ex-Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has had a death sentence passed on him nullified by the country’s Court of Cassation. The court also revoked the death sentence and 21 others stemming from a 2011 prison break case and ordered his retrial.

The action of the court only affected  one of the four trials Morsi had faced since his 2013 overthrow.

 Morsi  will now be retried on the charges of taking part in prison breaks and violence against policemen during the 2011 uprising which toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak.

Five co-defendants, including the supreme guide of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, who also received death sentences in June 2015, will be retried too.

Nearly 100 others who were tried in absentia are unaffected by the appeals ruling.

Last month, the same appeals court upheld a 20-year jail sentence handed down against Morsi in April in a separate trial on charges of ordering the use of deadly force against protesters during his year in power.

Morsi has also been sentenced to life in prison in two other trials.

In one, he was convicted of spying for Iran, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

In the other, he was found guilty of stealing documents relating to national security and handing them over to Qatar, a longstanding supporter of the Brotherhood.

Egypt’s first freely elected civilian president, Morsi came to power after Mubarak’s overthrow.

He was toppled by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following mass street protests.

The Brotherhood has since been blacklisted and subjected to a crackdown that has killed hundreds of his supporters and jailed thousands.

NAN/AFP

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