Egypt's deposed president Morsi appeals death sentence

Lawyer of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi said appeal for death sentence was filed to criminal court by court-appointed legal team

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FORMER Egyptian President Mohmed Morsi stands inside the defence cage in a courtroom at the police academy during his trial over espionage with Qatar on August 10, 2015 in Cairo, Egypt.

The court-appointed legal team representing deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi filed an appeal on Saturday with the country's highest court, challenging sentences of life imprisonment and death handed down in June, Morsi's lawyer said.

Morsi was sentenced to death by Cairo criminal court over a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising against the former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. He was also sentenced to life imprisonment for giving state secrets to Qatar.

Sweeping punishments were also issued against the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Mohamed Badie, the general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as four other leaders were handed the death penalty alongside more than 90 others. The group was declared as a “terrorist organization” by the government of Abdel Fattah el Sisi , the former army general in Morsi's government, who had stripped Morsi of power in 2013 and ruled Egypt ever since.

Morsi, first democratically-elected civilian president in Egypt, has not appointed a lawyer to defend himself. He refused to recognize the legitimacy of the court proceedings, considering himself the legitimate president of the country. Sisi’s government said that the judiciary is independent, and no one interferes with its work.

Politicians and analysts belonging to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood group expressed immense fear of an alternate scenario regarding deposed president Mohamed Morsi, in which current Sisi’s government would “get rid” of Morsi through medical negligence instead of the awaited execution.

Morsi was not able to attend his last trial, due to serious health problems, stemming from his diabetes. Morsi’s defense team expressed their concern for the deposed president’s absence, and said they’re trying their best to get a thorough medical examination to check on Morsi’s condition.

TRTWorld and agencies