Egypt court overturns Mursi death sentence
November 16 2016 12:50 AM
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Mohamed Mursi behind bars at a court wearing the red uniform of a prisoner sentenced to death.


An Egyptian appeals court yesterday overturned a death sentence handed down against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in one of four trials since his 2013 overthrow.
The decision is a first victory for the 65-year-old who has been convicted and sentenced in all cases against him since being toppled by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following mass street protests.
Since 2013 his Muslim Brotherhood movement has since been blacklisted and subjected to a crackdown that has killed hundreds of his supporters and jailed thousands.
Mursi has been wearing the red uniform reserved for prisoners on death row after being condemned to death in June last year over a 2011 prison break.
“He’ll take off the red uniform,” one of his lawyers, Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud, said yesterday.
Egypt’s first freely elected civilian president, Mursi came to power after the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime president Hosni Mubarak.
The Court of Cassation yesterday ordered that Mursi be retried on the charges of taking part in prison breaks and violence against policemen during the 2011 revolt, a judicial official said.
Five co-defendants, including the supreme guide of the Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, who also received death sentences in the same case, will be retried too.
Nearly 100 others who were tried in absentia are unaffected by the appeals ruling.
“The initial verdict was marked by judicial flaws so we were expecting this decision from the Court of Cassation,” Abdel Maqsud said.
Last month, the same appeals court upheld a 20-year jail sentence handed down against Mursi in April in a separate trial on charges of ordering the use of deadly force against protesters during his year in power.
Mursi has also been sentenced to life in prison in two other trials, both of which his legal team has appealed.
The Court of Cassation is to issue a verdict on Tuesday next week in the appeal against a life sentence on charges of spying for Iran, Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and the Palestinian movement Hamas.
And the same court will from November 27 review Mursi’s appeal against the same sentence in another case in which he was found guilty of stealing documents relating to national security.
Mursi is being held at the Borg el-Arab prison near the northern city of Alexandria.
Hundreds of his supporters have been sentenced to death in speedy mass trials.
Some sentences have been overturned by the Court of Cassation on appeal.

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