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Egypt Court Upholds Life Sentence Against Former President

Egypt Court Upholds Life Sentence Against Former President

The Egyptian Court of Cassation issued a final ruling on Saturday, reducing Morsi's sentences in the espionage case from a combined total of 40 years to 25.

In November 2016, the case was referred to court, after the State Security Prosecution revealed the defendants were also involved in attacks on Christians in their governorate, as well as hiding and training seven German citizens who were planning to join Libya's Daesh.

Cairo's relations with Doha were already troubled by Qatar's backing of Morsi during the time of the cirisis.

Two other defendants also received life and rigorous imprisonment terms in the case.

But it upheld a life sentence - 25 years in prison in Egypt - on the charge of leading an illegal organisation, his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud told AFP.

Qatar is now embroiled in a crisis with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which are boycotting the small Gulf emirate for its support for the Brotherhood, among other accusations.

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Morsi, Egypt´s first democratically elected president, was overthrown by the military in July 2013 following mass protests against his one-year rule.

Courts have sentenced hundreds of Islamists to death, including other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, though many have appealed and been granted new trials.

In 2014, Morsi and nine other senior officials were accused of "endangering Egypt's national security" after highly-classified documents were leaked to Qatar.

But the death sentence verdict was overturned and now Morsi is facing retrial.

On the Brotherhood page, the members commented that the verdicts are "an honor", adding it won't prevent creation of thousands of likewise courageous men. He was removed from office in a coup led by former head of the armed forces and current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.


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