Egypt, unphased by opposition for radical Islamist lawyers in South Africa, upheld a death sentence Tuesday against the country's former radical Islamist President, Mohamed Morsy.
Morsy, 63, was sentenced to death last month for his role in a 2011 conspiracy to free radical Muslims from an Egyptian prison.
The former president was sentenced along with 16 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, who were given a life sentence for espionage. Morsy received a life sentence for the second charge. Life in Egypt is 25 years in prison.
Three more senior members of the radical Muslim brotherhood, Khairat Al Shater, Mohamed Beltagy and Ahmed Abdel Alaty, were also sentenced to death by hanging.
Morsy, who was elected to power in a fraudulent election held just after the Arab Spring riots, was ousted by the military in 2013 after just a year in office.
Morsy, and his hardline followers, sought to enact strict Islamist rule over the country, which would have effectively turned one of the mid-east's most progressive countries into an Iran-like backwater.