Egypt court sentences Morsi to 25 years in Qatar spy case

by WorldTribune Staff, September 17, 2017

Egypt’s Court of Cassation, in a final ruling issued on Sept. 16, sentenced Mohammed Morsi to 25 years in prison in a case accusing the former president of spying for Qatar.

Mohammed Morsi was already serving a 20-year sentence from a separate case when the Sept. 16 sentencing was announced. / Reuters

The court reduced Morsi’s sentence from an original 40 years in the case, which centered on the leaking of Egyptian state documents to Qatar.

The 66-year-old Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.

The Muslim Brotherhood-linked Morsi was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdul Fatah Sisi, now the president. Under Sisi, the Muslim Brotherhood is banned as a terrorist organization.

The Court of Cassation also upheld death sentences for three other defendants in the Qatar case along with a life sentence for another defendant and a 15-year sentence for two others.

Egypt is one of four Arab nations in a Saudi-led bloc that severed relations with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of backing terrorist groups and cooperating with Iran.

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