Egypt’s Morsi appeals protesters jail sentence

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Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected president of Egypt


Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, is expected to appeal against  a conviction for violence, kidnapping and torture imposed by a court over the killing of protesters.

Moris who was Egypt’s first democratically elected leader was toppled by the army in 2013 after the public revolted against his rule.

“We had to appeal before the time available to do so expired,” defense lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud said. He added that he had submitted the request “in his capacity as legal representative of Mr Morsi

Morsi was  accused of ordering violence to be used against protesters to disperse them.

Morsi’s appeal comes only two days after a court on Tuesday upheld a death sentence against  him for plotting jailbreaks and attacks on police during the country’s 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

The general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and four other Brotherhood leaders were also handed the death penalty. More than 90 others, including influential cleric Youssef al-Qaradawi, were sentenced to death in absentia.

The Egyptian army overthrew Morsi after mass protests calling for an end to his divisive one-year rule.

Current President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi has since overseen a sweeping crackdown on Morsi’s supporters, with hundreds of Islamists killed and more than 40,000 in custody, according to Human Rights Watch.