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Qatar calls for release of Mursi after death sentence

The Gulf state, a key ally of the Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammad Mursi during his reign as Egyptian president, has expressed “deep concern” over his death sentence

Qatar calls for release of Mursi after death sentence
Egypts ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi stands behind the bars during his trial in Cairo. (Getty Images)

Qatar has called for the release of former Egyptian president Muhammad Mursi after he was sentenced to death.

The Gulf state was a key ally and financier of the Muslim Brotherhood leader, who was elected to power following the coup against Hosni Mubarak in 2011 but ousted in another coup in July, 2013.

An Egyptian court this week upheld the death sentence against Mursi for plotting jailbreaks and attacks on police during the 2011 uprising.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Qatar expressed “deep concern” over the sentencing and called for his release.

“Doha adds its voice to the countries calling for the verdict to be quashed and Mursi released,” the statement published on the official Qatar News Agency said.

The Egyptian court also upheld death sentences against about 100 other defendants, including the Qatar-based scholar Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, who was tried in absentia.

“The death sentences against political dissidents in Egypt harm security and stability, and close the door to reconciliation and harmony,” the Qatari statement said.