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Egyptian court cancels former president Mohamed Morsi's death sentence

Cairo: An Egyptian appeals court today cancelled the death sentence handed out to ousted President Mohamed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and ordered a retrial in connection with a mass jail break during the country's 2011 uprising.

The Court of Cassation also cancelled life sentences for 21 others in the same case. Five co-defendants, including Badie, who received death sentences in June 2015, will be retried too.

FILE PHOTO: Deposed President Mohamed Mursi greets his lawyers and people from behind bars at a court wearing the red uniform of a prisoner sentenced to death, during his court appearance with Muslim Brotherhood members on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, June 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File photo - RTX2GWQD

Deposed President Mohamed Mursi. REUTERS.

Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders were sentenced to death in June 2015 for escaping from Wadi al-Natroun prison, damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder charges, looting weapons and allowing prisoners to break out of jails during the January 2011 revolution.

Morsi was sentenced to life in prison in two other trials. He was convicted of spying for Iran, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

In another case, Egypt's first freely elected civilian president was found guilty of stealing documents relating to national security and handing them to Qatar.

Morsi came to power after Egypt's long-time President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011. He was toppled by the current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following mass street protests.

Updated Date: Nov 15, 2016 19:43 PM

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