Brotherhood supporters call for protest till 2nd anniversary of Morsi’s ouster
Leaders of Muslim Brotherhood’s National Alliance to Support Legitimacy during press conference - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL), an Islamist coalition formed to reinstate ousted President Mohamed Morsi, has called for protest against the Saturday’s death sentenced handed down to dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members including Morsi.

“The Alliance denounces the President’s trials over espionage and Wadi al-Natron. Those who should be tried over espionage are the leaders of the military coup,” the NASL said in a statement Saturday.

North Cairo Criminal Court has sentenced Morsi and at least 122 MB supporters to death over two separate cases. The court has referred the case to the Grant Mufti Shawki Allam for his consultation and has set June 2 as a date for final verdict after taking the Mufti’s opinion.

The defendants faced charges of mass prison break during the January 25 Revolution. They also faced charges of possessing heavy weapons and committing hostile actions against the country, according to the investigations.

“We call on the people to escalate their resistance to topple gang of the traitors… until July 3,” the statement read.

The NASL called its supporters to continue protesting until the second anniversary of the ouster of Morsi by the military following mass protests called for the end of his regime.

In the espionage case, Morsi along with other 35 MB senior leaders including Mohamed al-Beltagy and Khairat al-Shater were charged with conspiring with terrorist organizations and foreign powers, including Qatar, Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and Lebanese militants Hezbollah, to destabilize Egypt through executing terrorist operations.

Former spokesperson of the dissolved Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Ahmed Ramy, who was sentenced to death in absentia over charges of prison break, said that he did not recognize the court ruling against him.

“The Revolution will continue,” said Morsi’s son, Osama, on his Facebook page in response to the court ruling.

On April 21, Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison for inciting violence outside the Ittihadeya Presidential Palace in 2012.

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