FILE - In this May 8, 2014 file photo, Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammad Morsi sits in a defendant cage in the Police Academy courthouse in Cairo, Egypt. (AP Photo/Tarek el-Gabbas, File)
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An Egyptian court Saturday sought the death penalty for former president Mohammad Morsi and 106 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011 .Morsi and his fellow defendants, including top Brotherhood leader Mohammad Badie, were convicted for killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities and breaking out of jail during the uprising against Hosni Mubarak. The court's request drew condemnations from Amnesty International and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. Morsi can appeal the verdict.The Brotherhood, an Islamist movement, propelled Morsi to election victory in 2012 following Mubarak's ouster but was driven underground after the army ouster a year later following protests against his rule.Morsi stood defiant in a court cage Saturday wearing a blue prison outfit. Other defendants, held in a courtroom cage separate from Morsi, flashed a four-finger salute symbolizing resistance to the state's anti-Islamist crackdown. The Brotherhood has close ties with Erdogan's AK Party.Customer Ali Hussein was ambivalent, saying Morsi deserved the sentence because he escaped from prison while also questioning Egypt's political transition.
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