Mo­hammed Morsi death sen­tence over­turned

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Egypt’s high­est court has over­turned a death sen­tence against ousted Is­lamist Pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi.

Morsi had been con­demned to death for his part in a mass prison break dur­ing the 2011 rev­o­lu­tion.

He was elected pres­i­dent in 2012, but re­moved by the mil­i­tary a year later after street protests against his rule.

Morsi has separately been sen­tenced to life in prison for ter­ror­ism of­fences, and still faces trial on other charges.

Yes­ter­day’s rul­ing by the Court of Cas­sa­tion means Morsi will be re­tried over the prison break.

The court also an­nulled death sen­tences for five lead­ers of his banned Mus­lim Brother­hood move­ment, in­clud­ing its supreme guide Mo­hammed Badie, con­victed in the same case. Twenty-one life sen­tences for other mem­bers were also over­turned. Morsi es­caped from Wadi Na­troun jail in Jan­uary 2011 and was con­victed of col­lud­ing with for­eign mil­i­tants in a plot to free im­pris­oned Is­lamists.

The death sen­tences were ap­proved ear­lier this year by Egypt’s high­est re­li­gious au­thor­ity, the Grand Mufti Shawqi Al­lam.

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