Published On : Sat, May 16th, 2015

Egypt Ex-President Mohammed Morsi sentenced to death


An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death.

The verdict was announced on Saturday in Cairo.

This comes less than a month after a court had imposed Morsi, who was ousted as president in 2013, to 20 years in prison for inciting the killings of protestors outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in December 2012.

Morsi, formerly head of the Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, became the party’s candidate in the 2012 presidential election when the Brotherhood’s original first-choice candidate Khairat El-Shater — also now in jail — was disqualified by the Supreme Elections Committee.

Morsi’s supporters have said that the cases against him are politically motivated and attempts to give legal cover to a coup, while Morsi has rejected the authority of the courts.
Morsi was Egypt’s first freely elected president, but protests began building less than a year into his rule when he issued a decree granting himself far-reaching powers.