Egypt Court Quashes Mohammed Morsi’s Life Sentence

Mohammed morsi, Life Sentence Egypt’s highest appeal court has again overturned a life sentence handed down to ousted President Mohammed Morsi.

The Court of Cassation ordered that the 65-year-old be retried on the charge of conspiring to commit terrorist acts with foreign organisations.

Last week, the court quashed a death sentence handed to Morsi in a separate case revolving around a mass prison break during the 2011 revolution.

But he is still serving lengthy sentences related to two other cases.

Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically elected president in 2012, but he was removed by the military a year later after mass protests against his rule.

The organisation to which he belonged, the Muslim Brotherhood, has since been outlawed.

A government crackdown on the movement, as well as other groups, has resulted in tens of thousands of arrests and mass trials.

Morsi’s lawyer, Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, told AFP news agency that the sentences against several Muslim Brotherhood officials, who stood trial alongside him on charges of spying for Iran and Hamas, were also overturned.

Egypt’s President Sisi Defends Sweeping Security Laws

Egypt's President, Abdul Fattah al-SisiEgypt’s President, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has defended Egypt’s sweeping security laws, insisting he is still taking the country on a path to democracy.

Ahead of a visit to the UK, Mr Sisi said that the laws were imposed because Egypt was being threatened by extremist groups and feared the collapses suffered by its neighbours.

He also underlined that Egypt’s situation is different to that of Europe.

The retired field marshal led the army’s overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 following mass protests.

 

The President said critics in the West had to appreciate the threats faced by Egypt, where jihadist militants killed at least 600 security personnel over the past two years.

“Give me the environment in Europe to be available here in Egypt, and you will never need anything of the kind,” Mr Sisi insisted.
What millions of Egyptians wanted most of all, he added, was a decent standard of living.

“It’s fine to check on human rights in Egypt. But the millions who are in difficult economic conditions – wouldn’t it be better to ask about them?”

President Sisi also stressed that the hundreds of people sentenced to death in connection with the unrest surrounding the overthrow of Mr Morsi were unlikely to be executed, either because they were convicted in absentia or due to the appeal process.

The UN alleges that fair-trial guarantees appear to be increasingly trampled upon in Egypt, while the Brotherhood has said the trials of its leaders and supporters are politically motivated and attempts to give legal cover to a coup.

Mohammed Morsi Gets 20 Years Jail Sentence

morsiA court in Egypt has sentenced former President Mohammed Morsi to 20 years in prison, over the killing of protesters while in power.

The court’s judgement is coming nearly five years after the Muslim Brotherhood leader became Egypt’s first freely elected president.

Mursi stood in a cage in court as judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef read out the ruling against him and 12 other Brotherhood members, including senior figures Mohamed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian. The sentencing was broadcast live on state television.

The men were convicted on charges of violence, kidnapping and torture stemming from the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. They were acquitted of murder charges, which carry the death sentence.

Reuters reports that the defendants chanted “God is Greatest” after the verdict was read, displaying a four-finger salute symbolising resistance to the state’s crackdown on Islamists.

The ruling is the first against Mursi, who says he is determined to reverse what he calls a military coup in 2013 staged by then army chief, now president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

“His trial has been a travesty of justice, which has been scripted and controlled by the government and entirely unsupported by evidence,” Amr Darrag, a former minister under Mursi, said in a statement from Istanbul.

A lawyer for some of the defendants said they would appeal.

After toppling Mursi following mass protests against his rule, Sisi proceeded to crush the Brotherhood, which he says is part of a terrorist network that poses an existential threat to the Arab and Western worlds.

 

Egypt Crisis: Protesters Rally To Mark Revolution

There has been a clash between the Police and protesters gathering in Tahrir Square in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, ahead of the second anniversary of the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power.

President Mohammed Morsi’s opponents plan a rally, accusing the Islamist leader of betraying the revolution.

Mr Morsi denies the claim, and has called for “peaceful” celebrations.

An appeals court recently overturned Mr Mubarak’s life sentence over the deaths of protesters and ordered a retrial.

The 84-year-old former leader remains in detention at a military hospital.

On Thursday evening, police clashed with protesters who tried to remove barriers blocking a road to Tahrir Square.

The clashes continued overnight, as police fired tear gas at demonstrators camping on the square. At least eight people were wounded, officials said.

Mr Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood party has not officially called for its own street rallies. It plans to mark the revolution by launching charitable and social initiatives.

Protesters began converging on Tahrir Square on Friday morning.

One of them, Hanna Abu el-Ghar, told the BBC: “We are protesting against the fact that after two years of the revolution, where we asked for bread, freedom and social justice, none of our dreams have come true.”

The liberal opposition accuses Mr Morsi of being autocratic and driving through a new constitution that favours Islamists and does not sufficiently protect the rights of women or Christians.

Ahead of the planned rally Mohamed ElBaradei, a leading opposition figure and former head of the UN Atomic Agency, said in a statement: “I call on everyone to take part and go out to every place in Egypt to show that the revolution must be completed.”

The government is also being blamed for a deepening economic crisis.

The President has dismissed the opposition’s claims as unfair, instead of calling for a national dialogue.

Mr Morsi and his supporters accuse their opponents of undermining democracy by failing to respect the Islamists’ victory in elections a year ago.