Mohamed Morsi’s death sentence overturned

Former Egytptian president Mohamed Morsi

Egypt’s highest court of appeal has overturned the death sentences against former President Mohammed Morsi and five other senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

The Court of Cassation ordered that the six men face a retrial in connection with a mass prison break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

Twenty-one life sentences for other Muslim Brotherhood members were overturned.

Morsi was elected president in 2012 but was removed by the military a year later after secularists protested against his rule.

Although he is no longer at risk of execution, Morsi is serving three lengthy prison sentences relating to other convictions.

Morsi and more than 100 other people were sentenced to death in May 2015 after being convicted of colluding with foreign militants – from the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Lebanon’s Shia militia Hezbollah – to organise a mass prison break.

Morsi was being held at Wadi Natroun prison in January 2011 when armed men overcame the guards, freeing thousands of inmates.

He and his co-defendants, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s general guide, Mohammed Badie, were also found guilty of the murder and kidnapping of guards, damaging and setting fire to prison buildings and looting the prison’s weapons depot – allegations which they have unequivocally denied.

In June 2015, a court upheld the death sentence against Morsi and 98 others after consulting Egypt’s Grand Mufti, Shawi Allam.

It was not immediately clear why the Court of Cassation overturned the sentences on yesterday, but a lawyer affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood said it had applied the law correctly.

“The ruling was expected because [Morsi’s conviction] was legally flawed,” Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud told the Reuters news agency.


The prosecution of Morsi has taken place amid a wider violent witch-hunt on the Muslim Brotherhood, which “President” Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has banned and promised to eradicate.

Thousands of people have been killed and tens of thousands of people imprisoned since 2013.

Morsi’s supporters have said the trials are politically motivated and attempts to give legal cover to an illegal military coup.

They claim they are based on unreliable witnesses and scant evidence.


As you’re here…

5Pillars have one humble request from you…

Thousands of Muslims around the world visit our website for news every day. Due to the unfortunate reality of covering Muslim-related news in a heightened Islamophobic environment, our advertising and fundraising revenues have decreased significantly.

5Pillars is editorially and financially independent, with no sectarian or political allegiance to any particular group or movement. Our journalism has been exclusively grassroots focussed and our sole purpose is to defend Islam and Muslims in the media.

This makes us unique in comparison to other online Muslim media outlets who are neither independently regulated by a reputable body nor are they managed by qualified journalists.

Our journalism takes time, money and effort to deliver. But we do it because we believe we have a duty to Allah (swt).

You may not agree or like everything we publish. However, which other Muslim news site that is run by experienced journalists will take on the responsibility of being a shield for Islam and Muslims in the media?

If you follow 5Pillars, and you understand its importance in today’s climate, then please support us for as little as £5 a month, it only takes a minute to make a donation. Jazakallah khayran.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:“The best deeds are those done regularly, even if they are small.” [Ibn Mājah]



Add your comments below