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Mohammed Morsi Death Sentence Upheld by Egyptian Court

A court in Egypt has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi  to death over a mass jail break in 2011.

The sentence, which was initially passed in May was confirmed after consultation with Egypt’s highest religious figure, the Grand Mufti.

The death sentences of five other leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood were also upheld. One hundred and one other defendants were also sentenced to death in absentia. The verdict can be subject to appeal.

Supporters of Morsi have described the sentencing as ‘farcical’.

Morsi was also sentenced to life in prison for allegedly spying for foreign groups, including Hamas.

Morsi, who was deposed and arrested in July 2013 after mass protests against his government, had won Egypt’s first free democratic elections since former Hosni Mubarak was toppled after mass protests in January 2011.

By Fiona Carty

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