Muslim Brotherhood’s Morsi sentenced to death by Egyptian courts
The saga of the Muslim Brotherhood’s woes in Egypt continues after Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death for his role in the 2011 prison breaks that occurred during the uprising against Hosni Mubarak. Morsi was charged with colluding with foreign powers in that prison break.
Already serving 20 years
Morsi is already serving a 20 year sentence for ordering the arrest and torture of political opponents in during his short term as President (December 2012). That sentence was imposed in April of 2015.
This time, he was sentenced to death along with more than 100 others who participated in the release of the prisoners. Some of those tried with him were defendants “in absentia” – many of whom were Palestinians charged with being members of Hamas.
The Grand Mufti, Egypt’s highest religious leader- will now have to review the death penalty to confirm it, but his decision is not binding on the court – so the judge can still impose the sentence. An appeal is also possible. The final decision from the court is due on June 2.
Morsi also faces espionage charges, the verdict of that charge will be meted out on another date.
Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood is calling it all a farce,rejecting the Egyptian courts, and calling for their supporters to protest in the streets. Just after the 20 year sentence was imposed on Morsi earlier this year, his supporters took to the streets, which resulted in a huge security crackdown that has not been lifted.
Amnesty International and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan are condemning the sentence, saying that it lacked due process and fair trials. Morsi was “held for months incommunicado” without “an attorney,” according to Amnesty International.
Though Morsi was the first duly elected president and ousted just a short time later in 2013, the Muslim Brotherhood’s power over that election was strong. Al-Sisi, the military General that ousted him in May of 2014 won a landslide election in May of 2014.
Politics in Egypt is a dangerous affair.