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SAD News: Ousted Egyptian President Mursi Gets Death Sentence

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An Egyptian court sitting in Cairo has sentenced the ousted President Muhammad Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death over jail breaks during the 2011 uprising among other offences.
Mursi, sitting in a caged dock in the blue uniform of convicts having already been sentenced to 20 years for inciting violence, raised his fists in defiance when the judge read out his verdict.
Among the others sentenced to death were Mohamed Badei, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who had already been handed the death penalty in another trial, and his deputy Khairat Al-Shater.
Mursi had ruled for only a year before mass protests prompted the military to overthrow his government in July 2013.
He and dozens of other leaders were then detained amid a crackdown that left hundreds of his supporters dead and properties worth millions destroyed.
Many of those sentenced on Saturday were tried in absentia, including prominent Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.
Under Egyptian law, death sentences are passed on to the mufti, who plays an advisory role. The defendants can appeal even after the mufti’s recommendation.
The court will pronounce its final decision on June 2 2015.
Mursi was spared the death sentence in the first of two trials that concluded on Saturday, in which the court advised death sentences for 16 defendants on espionage charges.
They had been charged with colluding with foreign powers, the Palestinian Hamas and Iran to destabilize Egypt.
The court will pronounce the verdicts for Mursi and the remaining 18 defendants in that trial at a later date.
The court then delivered its verdict in the other case, in which Mursi and 128 defendants were accused of plotting jail breaks and attacks on police during the uprising that overthrew president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
More than 100 were sentenced to death along with Mursi.
Many of the defendants are Palestinians alleged to work with Hamas in neighboring Gaza, and were tried in absentia along with a Lebanese Hezbollah commander.
They were alleged to have colluded with Muslim Brotherhood to carry out attacks in Egypt in what prosecutors allege was a vast conspiracy and treason.
With this verdict, Mursi and other former opposition members have been condemned to death for violence during the uprising, while Mubarak himself beat charges in a trial over the deaths of anti-government protesters during the 18-day revolt that toppled him.

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