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.
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.