Egyptian courts overturn Morsi’s death sentence

Published November 15th, 2016 - 10:57 GMT
Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi, wearing a red uniform, stands behind bars during his trial. (AFP/File)
Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi, wearing a red uniform, stands behind bars during his trial. (AFP/File)

Egypt's Court of Cassation has revoked on Tuesday a death sentence for ousted President Mohamed Morsi over a prison break case in 2011.

The court also cancelled life sentences for 21 others in the same case.

Egypt's first democratically elected president, Morsi was overthrown by a military coup in July 2013 after having served just one year of a four-year term.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have argued that the trials carried out by the government of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who led the coup against Morsi, have been political in nature and violated the due process rights of thousands of Egyptians.


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