The highest court in Egypt has reportedly overturned a death sentence against deposed the country’s former President Mohammed Morsi.
The latest rule by the Court of Cessation reverses a lower court’s that sentenced Morsi to death in June 2015 in connection with a mass jail break during the country’s 2011 uprising. Morsi reportedly escaped from Wadi Natroun jail in January 2011 and was convicted of conspiring a plot to free imprisoned Islamists.
The court now ordered that Morsi be retried on the charges of participating in prison breaks and violence against policemen during the revolt.
Earlier this year, the death sentences were approved by Egypt’s highest religious authority, the Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam.
Mohammed Morsi, the first president to be democratically elected, was overthrown in July 2013 in a military coup led by general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
After the military coup, Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party has been bannnedin the country and tens of thousands of supporters arrested and imprisoned.
With the latest order, the court also canceled death sentences for five leaders of Muslim Brotherhood movement, including its supreme guide Mohammed Badie. Moreover, 21 more life sentences handed down to its members were struck down.
However, Morsi will remain in Jail since he has received lengthy jail sentences related to other charges, including two high-profile espionage cases.