Breaking: Egyptian ex-president sentenced to death

Mohammed Morsi, the former Egyptian president, had already been sentenced to 20 years for his role in the arrest and torture of protesters.

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Morsi was the first freely elected president of Egypt, but his reign was marred by excessive abuse of power.

According to Al Jazeera‘s report,

An Egypt court has sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to death for a prison break in 2011, the Associated Press agency said.

The court ruled on Saturday that the sentencing of Morsi and 105 others will be referred to the Grand Mufti for confirmation.

Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia, including Yusuf al-Qaradawi, an influential Islamic scholar based in Qatar.

The court will pronounce its final decision on June 2.

Morsi was spared the death sentence in the first of two trials that concluded on Thursday, in which the court advised death sentences for 16 defendants on espionage charges.

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