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Protest held in Palestine to slam death penalty against Egypt’s Morsi

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
People take part in a demonstration against the death sentence given to Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi in the town of Kafr Kanna, in the northern occupied territories, May 23, 2015. (© AFP)

People have held a demonstration in northern occupied Palestinian territories to condemn the death penalty recently handed down to Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

The protest was staged on Saturday in the town of Kafr Kanna. The organizers said about 5,000 people participated in the protest.

They chanted slogans against the administration of Egypt’s current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. “We won’t rest till the murderer Sisi is executed,” the protesters shouted. They also carried signs that read, “Cut the rope of penalty.”

On May 16, an Egyptian court sentenced Morsi, who was Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, along with over 100 other defendants to death over national security charges.

Morsi was elected the country’s president in 2012 but was ousted only a year later in a military coup in July 2013 led by then head of the armed forces Sisi, who was also oversaw the crushing of massive pro-Morsi protests by security forces.

Morsi’s sentence has drawn widespread criticism from different countries and rights groups.

Amnesty International has denounced the death penalty as “a charade based on null and void procedures.” The United Nations, the European Union and the United States have also censured the sentence.

The death sentence is to be referred to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s highest religious authority, for consultative review, and the final decision will be pronounced on June 2. The Grand Mufti’s verdict is non-binding on the court.

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