An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted president Mohammed Morsi to death over a mass prison break in 2011, BBC said May 16.
The former president has already been sentenced to 20 years in jail for ordering the arrest and torture of protesters during his time in power.
The country's religious authorities will now have to give their opinion before the sentence can be carried out.
Morsi was deposed by the military in July 2013 following mass street protests against his rule.
Since then, the authorities have banned his Muslim Brotherhood movement and arrested thousands of his supporters.
All death sentences must first be sent to the Grand Mufti, Egypt's highest religious authority, for his opinion on whether they should stand.
Convictions are still open to appeal, even if the Grand Mufti gives his approval.