Egypt court upholds Morsi death penalty

16 June,2015

RTNN News Desk: An Egyptian court upheld on Tuesday a death sentence against ousted president Mohamed Morsi for plotting jailbreaks and attacks on police during the 2011 uprising.

The court had initially sentenced Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death last month.

Tuesday’s ruling comes after the court consulted Egypt’s grand mufti, the government interpreter of Islamic law who plays an advisory role.

Earlier on the day, an Egyptian court sentenced ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison on charges of spying for Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, and Iran.

The court also confirmed death sentences against 16 other defendants on charges of delivering secret documents abroad between 2005 and 2013.

The court still has to decide whether to confirm or commute death sentences it handed down against Morsi and more than 100 others in a separate trial on charges related to their escape from prison during the 2011 uprising that ousted veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak.

In Egypt, a life sentence is 25 years in jail. Tuesday’s verdict can be appealed.

The army ousted Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, in July 2013 after mass protests calling for an end to his divisive one-year rule.

He has already been sentenced to 20 years in jail in a separate trial on charges of inciting violence.

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