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Cairo court exonerates man sentenced to death in post-Morsi violence case

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Wednesday 3 May 2017
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A Cairo criminal court has exonerated a man who had been previously sentenced to death on charges of involvement in deadly clashes in Giza's Omraniya district following the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

In July 2016, Mohamed Ali Allam was sentenced to death in absentia along with five co-defendants for the murder of a child and the attempted murder of other citizens during violent clashes in the district in November 2013.

Three other co-defendants were sentenced to life in prison in the same case.

Allam received a retrial after he was arrested.

All of the other defendants in the case are still at large.

According to Egyptian law, those sentenced in absentia automatically receive retrials when they are arrested or turn themselves in.

Since Morsi's ouster, hundreds of his supporters and members of the Muslim Brotherhood group have been handed death sentences and life in prison over murder and violence-related charges.

Many of those who received death sentences have appealed their sentences and the Court of Cassation has ordered new trials.

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