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Court postpones Morsi death sentence confirmation

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The final ruling on Morsi’s death sentence is expected on June 16

 

The final ruling on the fate of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi who has been sentenced to death was today postponed.

The ruling is now expected to be made on June 16.

Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president and has been in jail since he was removed from power.

Morsi appeared in the courtroom for the hearing on his death sentence on Tuesday as fellow defendants chanted with “down, down with the military”.

In April the court sought the death penalty for Morsi after he and his fellow defendants, including top Brotherhood leader Mohammad Badie, were convicted for killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities and breaking out of jail during the uprising against then-president Hosni Mubarak.

The court ruled that the sentencing of Morsi and 105 others will be referred to the grand mufti, the highest religious authority in Egypt, for confirmation.

Egyptian authorities have banned Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood since his overthrow and arrested thousands of his supporters.

Morsi can appeal the verdict. He has said the court is not legitimate, describing legal proceedings against him as part of a coup by former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2013.

Sisi, now president, says the Brotherhood poses a grave threat to national security. The group maintains it is committed to peaceful activism.

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