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Moroccan organisation demands Egypt overturn death sentence against Morsi

The Moroccan Organisation for Human Rights has called on the Egyptian judiciary to overturn the death sentence issued to ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

In a statement issued yesterday, the group described the human rights situation in North Africa as "disturbing", noting that it had documented a number of human rights violations in Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania.

It criticised the death sentence issued against Morsi saying his punishment is "barbaric and shameful and must be abolished."

The Cairo Criminal Court upheld a death sentence against Morsi and 130 Muslim Brotherhood members for plotting jailbreaks and attacks on police during the 2011 uprising.

The court had initially sentenced Morsi and more than 100 other defendants to death last month.

The Moroccan organisation has also criticised the Egyptian security agencies for storming the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate in central Cairo earlier in May.

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