Mohammed Mursi is a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood and former president of Egypt, assuming office on 30 June 2012. He was unseated in a military coup on 3 July 2013 by the Egyptian defence minister Abdul Fatah Khalil Al-Sisi following widespread democracy protests across the country and calls for his resignation by leading opposition party members.
Condemned Islamists are ‘demons’, Egyptian court says
Agence France-Presse in Cairo
An Egyptian court that sentenced to death 37 Islamists and handed life terms to 492 others has defended its verdict, saying the men were "demons" who followed Jewish scripture.
The court in the central city of Minya triggered international outrage this year for sentencing to death hundreds of alleged supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Mursi in two separate mass trials which lasted only minutes.
In one trial in March, 529 were sentenced to death for killing a police officer. But the court later upheld the sentencing against only 37 of them, while the rest were jailed for life.
In a statement on Sunday to justify its decision, the court said: "The accused came out of the depths of hell … to plunder Egypt's wealth, tyrannise its people and they killed the deputy commissioner."
It described the men as "enemies of the nation" who used mosques to promote the teachings of "their holy book, the Talmud", the central scripture of Judaism.