Cairo, Egypt

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Death sen­tence over­turned: Egypt’s Court of Cas­sa­tion over­turned a death sen­tence against de­posed pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Mursi of the Mus­lim Brother­hood last Tues­day and or­dered a re­trial. Mursi, the first pres­i­dent to be demo­crat­i­cally elected af­ter the rev­o­lu­tion, was over­thrown in mid-2013 by gen­eral-turned-pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah al-Sisi fol­low­ing mass protests against his rule, and im­me­di­ately arrested. He was sen­tenced to death in June 2015 in con­nec­tion with a mass jailbreak dur­ing Egypt’s 2011 up­ris­ing. Mursi is cur­rently serv­ing three lengthy jail sen­tences. He was sen­tenced to 20 years in prison with­out pa­role on charges aris­ing from the killing of pro­test­ers in De­cem­ber 2012. He was also sen­tenced to 40 years on charges of spy­ing for Qatar, and handed a life sen­tence on charges of spy­ing for the Pales­tinian ter­ror­ist group Ha­mas.

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