CAIRO: Former President Mohamed Morsi’s death sentence will be upheld or canceled June 16, Cairo Criminal Court announced Tuesday.
Security forces have been heavily deployed in the vicinity of the Police Academy in New Cairo, where the hearing was held.
On May 16, Cairo Criminal Court referred Morsi and 105 others to the Grand Mufti to seek his unbinding opinion on their death sentences over escaping from Wadi al-Natroun prison in 2011. The ruling scheduled for June 16 may be appealed.
The defendants include Mahmoud Ezzat, deputy of the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, Saad el-Katatni, former Speaker of the 2012 People’s Assembly and member of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau, Mohamed Beltagy, former Brotherhood Member of Parliament, Essam el-Erian, former Brotherhood MP, and Qatar-based Islamist cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Those tried in absentia include members of Hamas and Hezbollah.
On Jan. 29, 2011, assailants raided Wadi al-Natroun prison, freeing a large number of prisoners, including members of Egyptian, Palestinian and Lebanese groups. Morsi, who was jailed on remand, was among those who fled the prison.
Also on May 16, the court referred 16 Brotherhood members, excluding Morsi, to the Grand Mufti over charges of spying with Hamas and Hezbollah in the lawsuit known in media as the “espionage case.”
In April, the court sentenced Morsi to 20 years in prison over charges of inciting violence outside the Itthadeya presidential palace in 2012.