Morsi and 100 more Sentenced to Death

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Morsi and 100 more Sentenced to DeathIslamist president Mohamed Morsi and more than 100 other defendants sentenced to death on Saturday over jail breaks during the 2011 uprising by an Egyptian court.
Under Egyptian law, death sentences are passed on to the mufti, the government’s interpreter of Islamic law, who plays an advisory role.

The court will pronounce its final decision on June 2. Morsi was spared the death sentence in the first of two trials that concluded on Thursday, 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 destabilise Egypt.

The court will pronounce the verdicts for Morsi and the remaining 18 defendants in that trial at a later date.

The court then delivered its verdict in the other the case, in which Morsi 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 Morsi. Many of the defendants are Palestinians alleged to work with Hamas in neighbouring Gaza, and were tried in absentia along with a Lebanese Hezbollah commander.