Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death on Saturday over a 2011 prison break. The verdict was reportedly given out by Judge Shaaban el-Shami in Cairo.
The judge said that the sentence was being referred to the nation's top Muslim theologian, or mufti, whose approval is required for capital punishment in the country, according to the Associated Press. The final decision will be reportedly given out on June 2, and the conviction can be appealed even if the Grand Mufti gives his approval.
Morsi, who was ousted by the army in 2013, was in a caged dock when the judge read out the verdict, according to Agence France-Presse.
Last month, Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his involvement in the killing of anti-government protesters while he was in power.
Since Morsi's ouster, Egyptian authorities under the control of former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi have cracked down on members and sympathizers of the Muslim Brotherhood.