A court in Egypt has issued the death penalty to ousted President Mohammed Morsi for his role in a mass prison break in 2011, among other charges. He was cleared of allegations that he incited supporters to kill a journalist and opposition protesters while in office.
Morsi was the first democratically elected leader of Egypt, but lasted only 12 months. Protests continued against his position after elections, and the military stepped in to remove him from office.
The prison break took place during the revolution against previous ousted-president Hosni Mubarak. Morsi was an inmate at the time when armed men freed thousands of prisoners. He and other senior Muslim Brotherhood officials were found guilty of the murder and kidnapping of prison guards.
The military chief, General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who overthrew Morsi, was elected president in May 2014. Morsi’s now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood party was banned from participating in the election.
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