An Egyptian court on Saturday sought the death sentence for former President Mohammad Mursi and 105 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011.
Mursi, sitting in a caged dock, raised his fists in defiance when the judge read his verdict.
Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia, including prominent Islamic cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi who resides in Qatar.
The court also sought the death sentence against one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s top leaders, Khairat el-Shater, for conspiring with foreign militant groups against the country, part of a crackdown on Islamists.
The cases, like any capital sentence, will be referred to Egypt’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for any opinion before any executions can take place.
The court will pronounce its final decision on June 2.
Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, was ousted by the military in July 2013 following days of mass street protests by Egyptians demanding that he be removed because of his divisive policies… see more