Egyptian Court Overturns Morsi Death Sentence


Global media reported earlier this month that an Egyptian court had overturned the death sentence received by former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in one of his four trials. According to the report:

November 15, 2016 Agence France-Presse  An Egyptian appeals court has overturned a death sentence handed down against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in one of four trials since his 2013 overthrow, a judicial official said.

The Court of Cassation ordered that Morsi 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.

The former president has only been see in court since he was ousted CREDIT: AP PHOTO/AMR NABIL 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.”

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The GMBDW reported in June 2015 that an Egyptian court had sentenced more than 90 Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood members to death in connection with the 2011 mass jailbreak at the center of previous court rulings. This sentence reportedly included Mohamed Morsi, former Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, and Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi sentenced in absentia.

In June 2016, we reported that Morsi had been sentenced to life in prison in Egypt in connection with an espionage trial where he was accused of passing documents to Qatar.

(Note: Given the large number of trials and sentences in these cases, the GMBDWis doing our best to report on them but we cannot guarantee the accuracy of any given report.)

For a profile on Mohamed Morsi, go here.

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