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Ex-Egyptian leader Morsi sentenced to death

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected President, has been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court over a mass jail break in 2011.

The former leader was handed the penalty alongside 105 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The case will now be referred to Egypt's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, before any executions can take place.

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US 'deeply concerned' at Mursi death sentence

The US government has expressed "deeply concern" about the death penalty handed to former Egyptian President, Mohamed Mursi.

Prosecutors are demanding execution of Mursi and more than 100 other defendants after a mass trial which has also been condemned by Amnesty International.

"We are deeply concerned by yet another mass death sentence handed down by an Egyptian court to more than 100 defendants, including former President Mursi," a State Department official said.

"We have consistently spoken out against the practice of mass trials and sentences, which are conducted in a manner that is inconsistent with Egypt's international obligations and the rule of law," the official added.

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