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Egypt Court Upholds Morsi Death Sentence

Judge's ruling will automatically be appealed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 16, 2015 7:13 AM CDT
Egypt Court Upholds Morsi Death Sentence
In this April 30, 2012, file photo, Mohammed Morsi listens during a campaigning conference in Cairo.   (Amr Nabil)

(Newser) – An Egyptian court has confirmed a death sentence handed to ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi over a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising that eventually brought him to power. Judge Shaaban al-Shami confirmed the ruling today after consulting with the country's religious authority as required by Egyptian law in cases involving the death penalty. The religious authority issues non-binding opinions on such sentences. The ruling will automatically be appealed. The judge also confirmed death sentences for five other jailed leading members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group. (Read more Mohamed Morsi stories.)

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