Morsi, 63, appeared in the Cairo Criminal Court in a caged dock when the judge read out his verdict. The court sentenced Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Badie and 104 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to death in the case. The former president raised his fists in defiance when the judge read the verdict.

Today's capital punishment ruling against Morsi makes him the first president in Egypt's history to face the possibility of death by hanging if court ratifies its initial decision on June 2 or he loses his projected appeal. Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia. They were accused of damaging, setting fire to prison buildings, murder, attempted murder and looting prison weapons depots while allowing prisoners to break out of jails.

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