Cairo’s high criminal court has postponed the final confirmation of the death sentence given to Mohamed Morsi to June 16. The final confirmation was scheduled to be announced today, after the court received the ruling of Egypt’s highest religious authority, the Grand Mufti. It is unclear whether the Mufti advised against or in favour of the death sentence.
Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to death on May 15, along with over 120 other defendants, all belonging to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB), to which Morsi also belongs.
Morsi was elected as Egypt’s president in June 2012, making him Egypt’s first democratically elected president. A year later calls for him to leave office emerged and millions took to the streets demanding early elections. However a brutal military crackdown threw Morsi out of office followed by the bloody dispersal of the pro MB camps at Rabaa and Nahda.
More than 1,000 people were killed in the camp dispersal, and since July 3 2013, hundreds of MB members or sympathisers have been arrested and given inexplicably harsh sentences.
Morsi was given the death penalty for a prison break which took place in 2011 as well as espionage for Hamas and Hezbollah. Morsi received a separate sentence of 20 years in maximum security prison for the Itihadeya case, relating to a protest in December 2012 in which 10 demonstrators were killed outside the presidential palace in Cairo.
The goals of January 2011 revolution were social justice, an elected civilian president and freedom, but Egypt has made no progress since then.