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To beat the clock on the expiration of its lethal injection drug supply, this past April, Arkansas tried to execute 8 men over 1 days. The stories told in frantic legal filings and clemency petitions revealed a deeply disturbing picture. Ledell Lee may have had an intellectual disability that rendered him constitutionally ineligible for the death penalty, but he had a spate of bad lawyers who failed to timely present evidence of this claim -…

Egypt: Mohamed Morsi death sentence overturned

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi
Deposed Egyptian president no longer faces threat of execution but continues to serve long jail terms

An Egyptian court has overturned a death sentence against the deposed president Mohamed Morsi, and ordered a retrial.

The Muslim Brotherhood leader was sentenced to death in June 2015 in connection with a mass jail break during Egypt’s 2011 uprising.

The first president to be democratically elected after the revolution, Morsi was overthrown in mid-2013 by general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi during mass protests against his rule, and immediately arrested.

Tuesday’s ruling by the court of cassation means Morsi is no longer under threat of execution, although he is serving three long jail sentences. 

He was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole on charges arising from the killing of protesters in December 2012; 40 years on charges of spying for Qatar; and a life sentence on charges of spying for the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

Sisi has tried to crush the Brotherhood, which he says is part of a terrorist network that poses an existential threat to the Arab and western worlds. 

The Brotherhood, Egypt’s oldest political movement, says its activities are entirely peaceful and denies using violent methods.

Sources: The Guardian, Reuters, November 15, 2016

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