Egypt court overturns death sentence against former president Mohammed Morsi

Cairo Governorate, Egypt Nov 15, 2016, 10.27 AM(IST)

File photo: Mohamed Morsi in courtroom. Photograph:( Reuters )

Egypt's Court of Cassation on Tuesday overturned a death sentence against deposed President Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood and ordered a retrial.

Morsi was sentenced to death in June 2015 in connection with a mass jail break during the country's 2011 uprising.

The first president to be democratically elected after the 2011 revolt, Morsi was overthrown in mid-2013 by general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following mass protests against him.

Morsi was immediately arrested after he was overthrown. He then received lengthy jail sentences related to other charges, including two high-profile espionage cases. Tuesday's court ruling means he no longer faces execution.

(WION with inputs from Reuters)