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Deposed President Mohamed Morsi greets his lawyers from behind bars at a court wearing the red uniform of a prisoner sentenced to death REUTERS

Cairo: Egypt’s official state gazette revealed yesterday that a court decision issued last April has ruled to include ousted President Mohamed Morsi for the first time on Egypt’s list of terrorists.

According to judicial sources in Cairo, the gazette had also published the decision of the Cairo Criminal Court to include the Muslim Brotherhood group on the list of terrorist entities, in addition to 35 individuals, including Morsi, on the list for a period of three years.

Meanwhile, lawyer of the individuals included on the list, Ismail Abu Baraka, said that the 35 individuals who were included on the terrorist list, had been all convicted earlier of “collaborating” with Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Abu Baraka added that this was the first time the court puts Morsi on the terrorist list, and that “the ruling which had originally been issued in April and only announced today, did not inform us as defense lawyers to attend the court session.”

An Egyptian court had previously sentenced Morsi with a death penalty in the case of breaking out of jail during the 2011 popular uprising. The same ruling had also issued a same sentence against more than 100 members from the Muslim Brotherhood group.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was ousted by the military in a 2013 coup after serving one year in office.