Appeals court in Egypt overturned the death sentence against former President Mohammed Morsi, according to Al Jazeera. The decision of the court in this case is directed on new consideration.
The court of cassation overturned the death sentences against five leaders of the banned movement in Egypt, “Muslim brotherhood”, headed by Morsi. The court also overturned a life sentence against 21 members of the organization, reports the AP.
Death sentence Morsi was made in June 2015. Ex-President accused of organizing mass escape of prisoners from prison during the popular 2011 uprising against then President Hosni Mubarak.
The court decision means that Morsi is no longer facing the death penalty. However, it still has to serve some long prison terms, appointed in connection with other charges.
In particular, earlier the ex-President was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on charges of use of force against demonstrators in December 2012, had resulted in the deaths of people.
In addition, he was also sentenced to 40 years on charges of spying for Qatar and life imprisonment (in Egypt amounts to 25 years) on charges of spying for the Palestinian Islamist group “Hamas”, reminds Reuters.
Morsi all charges brought against him refuted, his supporters called his prosecution politically motivated. Mohamed Morsi was ousted as President of Egypt during the military coup in July 2013.