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White House 'deeply troubled' by Morsi sentencing

Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi stands behind the bars during his trial in Cairo on June 16, 2015The White House branded Egypt’s sentencing of former president Mohamed Morsi as politically motivated Tuesday, in a sharp rebuke of its uneasy military ally. “We are deeply troubled by the politically motivated sentences that have been handed down against former president Morsi and several others by an Egyptian court today,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. A court earlier upheld the death penalty for Morsi’s role in the 2011 uprising against the military-backed government and sentenced him to life in prison on spying charges.

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