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Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death

Mohammed Morsi charged with murdering protesters in 2012

Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death by an Egyptian court on Saturday. His death sentence is for his role in a massive prison break in 2011. Mohammed Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president and is currently serving a 20-year jail following his conviction for ordering the killing of protesters in December 2012. Morsi previously faced a death sentence in a prior case before Judge el-Shami connected to allegations that Morsi and his aides allegedly passed secrets to foreign groups including Hamas, Hezbollah, during his one year as president.

Morsi was ousted in 2013 after a series of mass street protests against his rule. In May 2014, former military leader Abdul Fattah al-Sisi who led the coup, won in a landslide in the presidential election. Al-Sisi after winning banned the Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt.Following customs in passing capital punishment, Judge Shaaban el-Shami reffered his death sentence on Morsi and his fellow aides and followers to Egypt’s top Muslim mufti, for his non-binding opinion. The hearing will be June 2.

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