Egypt court set to issue final ruling on Morsi death sentence in 'jailbreak case'

Ahram Online , Monday 1 Jun 2015

On May 16, the court sentenced Morsi and 105 others to death in the 'Wadi Natroun jailbreak' case

File Photo: Ousted president Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)

The Cairo Criminal Court is set to announce its final verdict for former Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi and 105 other defendants in the so-called "Wadi Natroun jailbreak" trial on Tuesday.

The verdict can be appealed.

On May 16, the court issued a preliminary death sentence for the defendants. referring the verdicts to Egypt's Grand Mufti for review according to the country's penal code.

The recommendations of the Grand Mufti, the highest authority on religious edicts, on capital punishment verdicts are non binding.

The same court also issued preliminary death sentences against Brotherhood leaders Mohamed El-Beltagy and Khairat El-Shater and 14 others in the "espionage for Hamas case", and also referred these decisions to the Grand Mufti for review.

In the Wadi Natroun jailbreak case, the prosecution charged Morsi and co-defendants with "damaging and setting fire to prison buildings", "murder", "attempted murder", "looting prison weapons depots" and "releasing prisoners" while escaping from the prison in January 2011.

According to the prosecution, the prisoners who broke out of jail included members of the Muslim Brotherhood, members of the Palestinian Islamist Hamas movement, Lebanon's Hezbollah, jihadists and criminals.

Prosecutors also said that over 800 fighters from Gaza had infiltrated Egypt and used rocket-propelled grenades and weapons to storm three prisons, abducting four policemen and killing several others.

In April, an Egyptian court sentenced Morsi to 20 years in jail for inciting violence during 2012 protests against his rule.

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