Egyptian court overturns former president Morsi's death sentence

World Tuesday 15/November/2016 14:31 PM
By: Times News Service
Egyptian court overturns former president Morsi's death sentence

Cairo: Egypt's Court of Cassation on Tuesday overturned a death sentence against deposed president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial.
Morsi was sentenced to death in June 2015 in connection with a mass jail break during Egypt's 2011 uprising.
Morsi, democratically elected after the revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, now the president, following mass protests against his rule, and immediately arrested.
Tuesday's court ruling means that Morsi is no longer under threat of execution, although he is serving three lengthy jail sentences.
Since toppling Morsi, Sisi has clamped down on dissent. Mass trials have been held for thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, and hundreds have received death sentences or lengthy prison terms.
Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maksoud, the Brotherhood's lawyer, said the Court of Cassation had applied the law correctly.
"The ruling was expected because (Morsi's conviction) was legally flawed, and we are waiting for the retrial."
Morsi is already serving a 20-year prison sentence for a conviction arising from the killings of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. He has also been sentenced to 40 years on charges of spying for Qatar and to life imprisonment on charges of spying for the Palestinian group Hamas.
The government deems the Brotherhood, Egypt's oldest opposition movement dating back decades, a terrorist group. The Brotherhood says it is committed to peaceful activism.
Activists and rights groups at home and abroad have said many or all the mass trials have been legally flawed. The Egyptian government says the judiciary is independent and that it never intervenes in its work.