Egypt Court Overturns Death Sentence Against Former President Mohamed Mursi

An Egyptian protester puts his shoe on a crossed portrait of Egypt's ousted president Hosni Mubarak during a protest in central Cairo on June 15, 2012 against the military-backed candidate Ahmad Shafiq, on the eve of Egypt's second round presidential election between Mubarak's last prime minister and his only rival, …
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CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s Court of Cassation overturned on Tuesday a death sentence against deposed President Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial.

Mursi was sentenced to death in June 2015 in connection with a mass jail break during the country’s 2011 uprising.

The first president to be democratically elected after the 2011 revolt, Mursi was overthrown in mid-2013 by general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following mass protests against his rule.

Mursi, who was immediately arrested after his overthrew, has received lengthy jail sentences related to other charges, including two high-profile espionage cases. Tuesday’s court ruling means he no longer faces execution.

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