25-05-2020 07:21 AM Jerusalem Timing

Egypt’s Mursi Faces Death Penalty in Spy, Jailbreak Trials

Egypt’s Mursi Faces Death Penalty in Spy, Jailbreak Trials

Egypt’s ousted president Mohammad Mursi, already jailed for 20 years for inciting violence against protesters, faces the death penalty Saturday for espionage and jailbreak nearly two years after his overthrow.

MursiEgypt's ousted president Mohammad Mursi, already jailed for 20 years for inciting violence against protesters, faces the death penalty Saturday for espionage and jailbreak nearly two years after his overthrow.

The country's first freely elected president was ousted by then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in July 2013 following mass street protests demanding the Islamist's resignation after just a year in power.

His overthrow triggered a government crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood movement in which hundreds of people have died and thousands have been imprisoned.