CAIRO—A Cairo court sentenced ousted President Mohamed Morsi to death on Saturday on charges of breaking out of prison during Egypt’s uprising four years ago.
The judge said he was referring the sentence to Egypt’s mufti, a religious official who must approve capital punishment in the country.
The verdict was aired on state television Saturday morning. Morsi appeared in the courtroom with 27 other defendants charged in two cases against the toppled Islamist leader and his supporters.
The death sentence marks a stunning turnaround for Egypt’s first freely elected president, who was later deposed in a military coup led by then-defense minister and the country’s current leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sissi.