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Morsi sentenced to death for mass jail break

16 giugno 2015 | 13.10
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A court on Tuesday upheld the death penalty for ousted Islamist Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison breakout in 2011, state daily Al-Ahram Online reported.

The general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, was also sentenced to death.

The verdict can be appealed, according to Al-Ahram. It followed a non-legally binding opinion from Egypt's most senior religious authority, grand mufti Shawqi Allam, the government's interpreter of Islamic law.

Also on Tuesday, The same court sentenced Morsi to life in prison for charges related to espionage with foreign powers - including Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah and Iran's Revolutionary Guards - to destabilise Egypt.

A lower court on 16 May had handed Morsi and 105 other defendants death sentences over the jail break case, in which they were convicted of plotting jailbreaks and kidnapping and killing police during the uprising more than four years ago that overthrew veteran president Hosni Mubarak.

According to the prosecution, the prisoners who escaped include members of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Hezbollah, as well as jihadists and common criminals.

Mursi, 64, was in prison when the anti-Mubarak uprising erupted on 25 January , 2011, after being rounded up with other Muslim Brotherhood leaders a few days previously.

Morsi's supporters have described the charges against him as "farcical".

Egypt's first democratically elected president, Morsi was deposed by the army in July 2013 following mass street protests against his rule and is already serving a 20-year jail term for ordering the arrest and torture of demonstrators.

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