Egypt’s ex-president death sentence overturned

Egypt’s ex-president death sentence overturnedEgypt's Court of Cassation overturned a death sentence against deposed president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial, Reuters said on Tuesday.

Mursi was sentenced to death in June 2015 in connection with a mass jail break during Egypt's 2011 uprising.

Mursi was democratically elected after the revolution. But in mid-2013 he was overthrown 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 Mursi is no longer under threat of execution, although he is serving three lengthy jail sentences.

Since toppling Mursi, 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 (Mursi's conviction) was legally flawed, and we are waiting for the retrial,"
the lawyer said.

Mursi 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 Islamist group Hamas.
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