Ousted Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi raises his hands as he sits behind glass in a courtroom, in a converted lecture hall in the national police academy in an eastern Cairo suburb, Egypt, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Ahmed Omar)
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The United States is "deeply concerned" about an Egyptian court decision to seek the death penalty for former President Mohammad Morsi, a State Department official said Sunday.The U.S. criticism follows condemnations from Amnesty International and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan after the court ruling Saturday against the deposed president and 106 supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood in connection with a mass jail break in 2011 . Mursi, who became Egypt's first freely elected president in 2012 after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising, has said the court is not legitimate, describing proceedings against him as part of a coup by former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2013 .
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