Egypt's Morsi warns judges over death sentences

"I'm afraid these verdicts will erode the people's confidence in judges," Morsi told the presiding judge at a Wednesday session of his jailbreak trial.

Egypt's Morsi warns judges over death sentences

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday warned that mass death sentences handed down against his supporters would tarnish the credibility of Egypt's Judiciary.

"I'm afraid these verdicts will erode the people's confidence in judges," Morsi told the presiding judge at a Wednesday session of his jailbreak trial.

On Monday, a court in Upper Egypt's Minya province sentenced 37 Morsi supporters to death and handed 491 others life sentences.

The court also referred 683 defendants – including Mohamed Badie, spiritual leader of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group – to Egypt's top religious official to approve possible death sentences against them on violence charges.

All 1211 defendants are accused of attacking police stations in Minya last year and involvement in other acts of violence.

Morsi, along with 130 others, is accused of participating in a mass jailbreak during Egypt's 2011 uprising that led to the ouster of autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi also faces two other trials in which he is charged with espionage and inciting the murder of anti-government protesters in late 2012.

During all previous court appearances, Morsi – who won 2012 presidential polls only to be ousted by the army last summer on the back of protests – has insisted that he still represents Egypt's "legitimate" president.

Like all of his co-defendants, Morsi insists that the charges against him are politically driven.

Egypt court jails top Brotherhood leader for offending judges

An Egyptian court slapped Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie – along with 20 others – with a one-year jail term for "offending the judiciary."

The defendants received the sentences during Wednesday's jailbreak trial session, in which ousted president Mohamed Morsi and a number of others were charged with breaking out of prison three years ago, a judicial source said.

Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi and prominent Islamist preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail were also both earlier sentenced to one year in prison for "insulting" the court.

Earlier on Wednesday, the court also jailed Salafist preacher Safwat Hegazi for one year, also for "offending the judiciary."

Last Mod: 01 Mayıs 2014, 10:02
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