Egypt’s Cassation Court overturns Mursi’s death sentence

Egypt’s Cassation Court on Tuesday lifted the death sentences handed down to Mohamed Mursi, the former president of Egypt and other Muslim Brotherhood figures and ordered a retrial for them.

In June 2015, a Cairo criminal court sentenced Mursi and five other Brotherhood members including Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and Saad al-Katatni, to death over charges of murder and attempted murder of policemen, which the brotherhood denied.

The prosecution had also charged the defendants of conspiring with the Palestinian movement Hamas, the Lebanese Hezbollah and other foreign elements.

The Cassation Court accepted the appeals presented by the defense team and ordered a retrial in another criminal court circuit.

The former president came to power in June 2012, only to be deposed by the military in a coup.

Since Mursi’s ouster, hundreds of Brotherhood members and supporters have been arrested and convicted in court.

Egyptian court upheld his 20-year prison sentence in October in the case dubbed as the presidential palace clashes.

Egypt listed the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization in December 2013 and insists it is behind the wave of militancy, which has targeted security personnel since Mursi’s ouster. The Brotherhood continuously denies the accusations.