Morsi has already been condemned to 20 years hard labour on 20th April, for which there was no basis in fact or law.
The illegality of Morsi’s original arrest, was confirmed in the Mekameleen leaks. Conversations between General Mamdouh Shahin, the legal advisor to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Sisi’s office manager Abbas Kamel, and Sisi himself, demonstrated without any shadow of doubt that the charges against Morsi were trumped up.Despite these revelations, the trial and the sentencing of Morsi went ahead.
So, why the additional new death sentence? Amnesty calls this trial, along with more than 100 others, ‘charade trials’. Morsi is accused of a jail break from Wadi al-Natroun prison on 30th January 2011, during the Egyptian revolution against Mubarak, when prison officers sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood let him and a number of his colleagues go. The offence, under Egyptian law, is a misdemeanour (Arabic: ‘gunha’), it doesn’t carry a sentence even of an extension in the jail term – let alone a sentence of death.
The failure of the call to mass rallies on 6th February by Sisi’s media and the subsequent failure of the Sharm el-Sheikh conference on 13th March to bring in the enormous amounts of money the country needs has driven Sisi’s régime into a corner. Morsi’s execution Sisi knows would send the Middle-East’s largest country into melt-down. The death sentence is supposed to be a simple act of blackmail. However, all it will do is speed up his demise.