June 16, 2015 / 10:48 AM / 4 years ago

Egypt court sentences Mursi to death in 2011 jail break case - state TV

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi sits behind bars with other Muslim Brotherhood members at a court in the outskirts of Cairo, December 29, 2014. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih/Files

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court sentenced former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to death on Tuesday in a case related to a 2011 mass jail break.

The court had sought the death penalty for Mursi in May and referred its recommendation to Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam, the country’s most senior religious authority, a step required by law for death sentences.

The general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, was also sentenced to death.

The verdicts can be appealed.

Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad; Writing by Yara Bayoumy and Ahmed Aboulenein; Editing by Andrew Heavens

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