Mohamed Morsi, the ousted president of Egypt, had his death sentence upheld by the Grand Mufti - Egypt's highest judicial authority - in Cairo, Tuesday. Morsi was sentenced to death for breaking out of the Wadi Natroun prison during the early days of Egypt's January 2011 uprising, which came to be known as the 'Arab Spring'. Following his escape from prison, Morsi conducted an interview with Al-Jazeera and faced no legal consequences from the time of his prison break until he was removed in a military coup, organised by the incumbent President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The former leader of the now banned organisation the Muslim Brotherhood (al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun) Mohamed Badie was also sentenced to death, along with other leaders of the brotherhood. Seventy Palestinians affiliated with the Hamas political movement have also been sentenced to death for allegedly coordinating the prison break. In a separate ruling, Morsi was also given a life sentence, 25 years in Egypt, on charges of espionage and colluding with foreign militias. The death sentence is unlikely to be carried out until the appeals process has been completed. Despite Morsi so far refusing to recognise the legitimacy of the courts, his court appointed lawyer has stated he will appeal the sentence.
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