Egypt sentences deposed Islamist president Morsy to death

Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy. An Egyptian court sentenced him and more than 100 other defendants to death on May 16, 2015 over jail breaks during the 2011 uprising. FILE PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Under Egyptian law, death sentences are passed on to the mufti, the government's interpreter of Islamic law, who plays an advisory role.
  • Morsy was spared the death sentence in the first of two trials that concluded on Thursday, in which the court advised death sentences for 16 defendants on espionage charges.
  • Many of the defendants are Palestinians alleged to work with Hamas in neighbouring Gaza, and were tried in absentia along with a Lebanese Hezbollah commander.

An Egyptian court sentenced deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsy and more than 100 other defendants to death on Saturday over jail breaks during the 2011 uprising.

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