An Egyptian court has sentenced ex-President Mohamed Morsi to death over a 2011 mass prison break. The verdict will now be handed over to the country’s Grand Mufti and a final decision will be reached on June 2.
President Obama has lifted his arms embargo on Egypt, authorizing the deliveries of US weapons valued at over $1.3 billion, suspended after the 2013 military coup. Egyptian forces have been fighting Islamic militants in Yemen and Libya.
Britain is suffering from “campaign fatigue” following its experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, compounded by a belief in government that defense is not a vote-winner, according to the former head of the British Army.
Islamist militants have claimed responsibility for a Cairo bomb attack that killed at least three policemen and injured several others. Officials say that one of those killed was a key witness in the trial of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
US congressional leaders are considering withholding more than $1 billion in military support to Cairo after Egyptian courts delivered mass death sentences to opposition figures and lengthy jail terms for journalists.
Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is on pace to win Egypt’s presidential race by a large margin, as he has won 91.8 percent of the votes cast in half of the nation’s polling stations, according to judicial sources.
US Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate subcommittee that handles foreign aid, says he will not approve funding for the military in Egypt, where 683 Muslim Brotherhood members were summarily sentenced to death on Monday.
It’s clear that charges against Muslim Brotherhood members are politically motivated since there is a vendetta between the military-backed authorities and the Muslim Brotherhood and it’s playing out in courts, journalist Shahira Amin told RT.