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Egypt overturns death sentence on ex-president Morsi

Mohamed Morsi greets his supporters from behind bars at a court hearing in June. Credit: Reuters

An Egyptian court has overturned a death sentence on the former president Mohamed Morsi and ordered a retrial.

The democratically-elected president was deposed in a 2013 coup led by ex-army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi after mass protests against Morsi's rule.

Morsi was immediately arrested following the coup and has been convicted in a number of high-profile cases under the new regime. He had been convicted to death in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.

Tuesday's Court of Cassation ruling means he no longer faces execution, but he is still serving lengthy jail sentences over other charges.

Muslim Brotherhood slam Morsi 'political sentence'

Muslim Brotherhood official Amr Darrag condemned an Egyptian court's decision to seek the death penalty for former president Mohamed Morsi and called on the international community to take action.

"This is a political verdict and represents a murder crime that is about to be committed, and it should be stopped by the international community," Darrag, co-founder of the dissolved Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, told Reuters in Istanbul.


Former Egypt President Mohamed Morsi sentenced to death

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Credit: Reuters

An Egyptian court has sought the death sentence for former President Mohamed Morsi and 105 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.

The cases, like any capital sentence, will be referred to Egypt's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for any opinion before any executions can take place.

Ousted Egypt president Morsi sentenced to 20 years

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in jail over protester deaths in 2012, in a televised court decision.

It is the first verdict to be issued against the country's first freely-elected leader.

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi Credit: Reuters

The Cairo Criminal Court issued the verdict as Morsi and other defendants in the case - mostly Muslim Brotherhood leaders - stood in a soundproof glass cage inside a makeshift courtroom at Egypt's national police academy.

The case stems from violence outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

Muslim Brotherhood leader 'sentenced to life in jail'

Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie (R) Credit: Reuters

An Egyptian court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to life in prison, the court's judge said, for inciting violence that erupted after the army deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi last year.

According to Reuters, the court also upheld death sentences for 10 other Brotherhood leaders and supporters, of whom eight were charged in absentia, on the same crimes.


Two Morsi supporters sentenced to death for murder

Mohamed Morsi was ousted from office in July last year after just over 12 months as Egypt's president. Credit: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Two supporters of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi have been sentenced to death for committing murder during violence which occurred last year after the army's deposed the Islamist head of state.

The pair were standing trial on charges that included throwing youths from the roof of a building in Alexandria.

The sentences came in the wake of the separate and unprecedented sentencing to death of 529 supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood last Monday.

Three Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt

Three journalists working for the Gulf new agency Al Jazeera have been detained in Egypt accused of broadcasting illegally from a hotel suite among other allegations.

Al Jazeera has named them as former BBC journalist Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy.

A fourth person - a cameraman - was arrested with them on Sunday but has since been released. The other three have been remanded in custody for 15 days.

Egyptian authorities have accused Al Jazeera of backing the Muslim Brotherhood, which was recently ruled a terrorist organisation.

The Brotherhood leader and presidential candidate Mohamed Morsi was overthrown last year.

Mohammed Morsi trial adjourned until January

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi pictured in a cage during his court appearance today. Credit: Reuters

The trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has been adjourned until January 8th.

Earlier, the judge halted proceedings after a defiant Morsi interrupted the session to insist he was the "legitimate president" of Egypt.

The deposed leader is charged with inciting violence and murder during protests last December.

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