Egypt court upholds death sentence for Morsi supporter

The court also upheld life sentences handed down against 16 defendants, 15-year jail terms for eight defendants, and ten-year jail terms for 35 others in connection with the same murder.

Egypt court upholds death sentence for Morsi supporter
World Bulletin / News Desk
 
An Egyptian court on Thursday upheld a death sentence handed down against a supporter of ousted President Mohamed Morsi convicted of committing murder, a judicial source has said.

"The verdict is final and cannot be challenged," the source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

The court also upheld life sentences handed down against 16 defendants, 15-year jail terms for eight defendants, and ten-year jail terms for 35 others in connection with the same murder.

A minor was also jailed for seven years in the same case.

"The verdicts are final and will be applied to all defendants," defense lawyer Ahmed al-Hamrawi told AA.

He said the death penalty "is the first to be upheld by an Egyptian court against a supporter of Morsi."

The defendants were convicted of throwing opponents from the roof of a building in the coastal city of Alexandria in the summer of 2013.

The killing took place two days after the army unseated Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president – following massive protests against his one-year rule.

Egypt's army-backed authorities have since launched a wide-ranging crackdown on supporters of Morsi and his embattled Muslim Brotherhood group, detaining thousands and killing hundreds.

Egyptian authorities have also branded the Brotherhood a "terrorist" group on claims that it condones violence, an allegation dismissed by the movement, which says it is committed to peaceful activism.

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