Mursi sentenced to death by Egyptian court

16 May 2015

Former president is latest Muslim Brotherhood member to face execution

  • Egyptian court sentenced former president Mohamed Mursi to death
  • Charges relate to prison break in 2011
  • Muslim Brotherhood member was ousted from power in 2013

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has been sentenced to death for his involvement in a mass prison break in 2011.

Egypt’s Grand Mufti will now be asked for his opinion on the death sentence. The verdict is then open for appeal.

The death penalty follows Mursi being sentenced in late April to 20 years in prison over the death of protesters in 2012.

The sentenced follows the leader of the brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, being sentenced to death in mid-April. Hundreds of other death sentences have been handed out to brotherhood supporters since Mursi was removed in July 2013 following mass street protests against his rule.

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