An Egyptian court has sentenced the ousted president Mohamed Morsi to death for espionage and jailbreak. The Judgment handed out against the Islamist former president over charges of espionage and jailbreak nearly two years after overthrow. Morsi was already serving a 20-year sentence on charges linked to the killing of protesters outside a Cairo presidential palace in December 2012.
The verdict, by Judge Shaaban el-Shami, was announced in Cairo on Saturday. As is customary in passing capital punishment, the death sentence on Morsi and more than 20 others will be referred to the country’s top Muslim theologian, or mufti, for his non-binding opinion. Morsi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, was ousted by the military in July 2013 after days of mass street protests by Egyptians demanding that he be removed because of his divisive policies.