The Court of Cassation overturned the death sentence issued against ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 26 Muslim Brotherhood leaders on Tuesday, and ordered a retrial. Morsi faces accusations of facilitating a prison break during the January 25 revolution.
The death sentence was originally issued against Morsi in May 2015, and the Criminal Court of Cairo upheld the verdict in June of that year. Other leaders implicated in the case include the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, Essam al-Erian and former parliamentary speaker Mohamed Saad al-Katatny.
The public prosecution has accused a total of 129 defendants of aiding in the mass prison break, among them several individuals prosecutors claim belong to the Palestinian Hamas movement, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah. The defendants were accused of killing 32 guards and prisoners in Abu Zaabal Prison, 14 prisoners in Wadi al-Natrun, one prisoner in Marg prison and facilitating the escape of 20,000 prisoners during the 2011 revolution.
The former president still faces prison time for sentences issued in a number of other cases. On October 22, the same court rejected an appeal against a 20-year jail sentence for Morsi and several other Brotherhood members, including Mohamed al-Beltagy and Erian, on trial for their involvement in violent clashes outside of the Ettehadiya Presidential Palace in 2012.
Similarly, the Court of Cassation also rejected an appeal filed by the prosecution against the release of Alaa and Gamal Mubarak, sons of former President Hosni Mubarak, on Tuesday. The two were sentenced to three years in prison in connection with corruption and embezzlement charges in the presidential palaces case, and were released after serving the sentence. However, the prosecution argued that there was a miscalculation that would oblige them to spend eight more months in prison. The court ultimately dismissed the prosecution’s claims.
The Qasr al-Nil Misdemeanour Court also acquitted 15 members of Ulras Ahlawy, fans of the Al-Ahly football club, on Tuesday. The ultras were charged with protesting without a permit, illegally gathering, attacking police officers, blocking the road and attempting to storm club headquarters.