Egypt court recommends death for six, not Morsi

Cairo—An Egyptian court recommended death sentences on Saturday for six codefendants of Mohamed Morsi but not for the ousted Islamist president in their trial on espionage charges.
The presiding judge in the trial asked the mufti — the country’s official interpreter of Islamic law — to consider death sentences for the six codefendants, saying the court would convene again on June 18 after the mufti’s response.
It will then pronounce its verdict and sentence for the remaining five defendants, including Morsi, on charges of having supplied Qatar with classified documents.
Egyptian law requires the mufti to sign off on death sentences. His opinion is not binding but is usually respected by courts. Three of the defendants sentenced to death were tried in absentia and identified by the prosecution as journalists who helped relay the documents to Qatar.—AFP

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