Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi has been behind bars for the fifth year since he was ousted by the military in a 2013 coup.
He has been tried on six counts; Mass jailbreak, murder, espionage for Qatar, espionage with the Palestinian group Hamas and the Lebanese group Hezbollah, insulting the judiciary and terrorism.
“Judgments against Morsi are politically motivated,” Alaa Abdulmunsif, head of the Salam organization for the protection of human rights, told the Anadolu agency.
“The regime wants to get rid of him,” he said.
In June 2016, an Egyptian court put Morsi on the country’s official list of “terrorists” for three years.
That same year, the Court of Cassation, Egypt’s highest appellate court, upheld a 20-year prison sentence against Morsi for murder in fatal clashes between supporters and opponents outside the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace in 2012.
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Morsi was also sentenced to death along with four other Brotherhood leaders for alleged involvement in a mass jailbreak in 2011 during a popular uprising that tore former autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power.
However, the Court of Cassation overturned the judgments and ordered a retrial in 2016.
Morsi was sentenced to life imprisonment for alleged spying on behalf of Qatar. He was also sentenced to three years in prison for violating the judiciary.
The former president is also facing retrial for mass jailbreak and espionage with Hamas.
Saeed Sadek, professor of political sociology at the American University in Cairo, believes that Morsi’s trials are the result of “political competition”.
How is it that those who overthrew him would free him?
Sadek ruled out a reconciliation between the Egyptian regime and the Muslim Brotherhood in the near future.
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“The regime is very strong now and will not deal with reconciliation with the Muslim Brotherhood,” he said.
Since Morsi’s fall, the Egyptian authorities have launched relentless crackdown on dissent, killing hundreds of his supporters and sending thousands behind bars for inciting violence.
In 2013, the military-backed authorities declared the Morsi Muslim Brotherhood group a terrorist organization.
Morsi and his supporters deny the charges against them as “politically motivated”.