Court in Egypt Overturned Morsi’s Sentences


Time: 12:55 p.m. CEST

The Court of Cassation in Egypt ordered retrial for the ousted President Mohammed Morsi and overturned a life sentence, BBC.com reports. Last week, the court quashed a death sentence in another case about a mass prison break during the 2011 revolution. Despite, Morsi is imprisoned for two other cases. The fate of Morsi as a first democratically elected president changed after the army ousted him after the mass protests against his ruling.

The authorities began a crackdown on Morsi’s now-banned Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood. As BBC.com writes, the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper said the Court of Cassation canceled the 16 death sentences and overturned the life sentences imposed on Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders. Abdel Maksoud, Morsi’s lawyer said to Agence-France Presse, “The verdict was full of legal flaws.”

Morsi has a sentence of 40 years in prison after conviction that he leaked state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar. Another sentence imposes 20 years for unlawful detention and torture of opposition protesters in December 2012. Members of Muslim Brotherhood, which government announced as terrorists group in 2013, are not accepting the charges, and said they committed peaceful activism.

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