Egypt court over­turns Morsi death sen­tence

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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. 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.

A file pic­ture shows ousted Egyp­tian pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi ges­tur­ing from the de­fen­dants cage as he at­tends his trial at the police academy. — AFP

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