Egypt Court Strikes Down Ousted President’s Death Sentence

CAIRO (AP) -
Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, wearing a red jumpsuit that designates he has been sentenced to death, raises his hands inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, wearing a red jumpsuit that designates he has been sentenced to death, raises his hands inside a defendants’ cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, in this file photo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

An Egyptian court has struck down a death sentence passed by a lower tribunal against ousted President Mohammed Morsi for his part in a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising.

The Court of Cassation’s (annulment) Tuesday ruling means that the Islamist president would be given a new trial, alongside five other leaders of his now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group, whose death sentences in the same case were also quashed.

The court also struck down life sentences passed in the same case against 21 Brotherhood members.

Last month a court upheld a 20-year sentence for Morsi on charges arising from the killing of protesters in December 2012. It was the first final verdict against Morsi, who was ousted by the military in 2013 after just one year in office.