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An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced former president Mohammed Morsi to death for passing state secrets.[/caption]
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced former president Mohammed Morsi to death for passing state secrets.
This comes less than a month after a court had imposed Morsi, who was ousted as president in 2013, to 20 years in prison for inciting the killings of protestors outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in December 2012.
Morsi, formerly head of the Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, became the party’s candidate in the 2012 presidential election when the Brotherhood’s original first-choice candidate Khairat El-Shater — also now in jail — was disqualified by the Supreme Elections Committee.
Morsi won the election in a tense run-off with ex-premier Ahmed Shafiq, when many voters, though with some reluctance, saw him as the lesser of two evils against Shafiq, a face from Mubarak’s unwanted old regime.
Criticism of Morsi’s rule quickly began to surface, not only over the ambiguity of the Brotherhood’s influence on him, but also for his introduction of a constitutional declaration in November 2012 which immunised his decisions against judicial review.
(With Agency Inputs)