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Breaking news: Egypt’s former President sentenced to death


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(By Bonny Apunyu)

An Egyptian court has this Saturday morning sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to death for a 2011 mass prison break, VOA reported. According to reports, the former Egyptian leader together with more than 100 other defendants  received their sentence in Egyptian capital Cairo.

VOA says The Grand Mufti, Egypt's top religious authority, will make the final decision on the rulings on June 2. In April, Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader , was sentenced to 20 years in prison in connection with the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in 2012. The former president is also reportedly facing espionage charges.

According to reports, Egypt’s criminal court also found 12 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders and supporters guilty of intimidation and violence, but not murder.

In 2013, the Egyptian military toppled Morsi after millions took to the streets accusing his government of abusing its power. Since then, the government of then army chief and current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has jailed tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters.