Morsi sentenced to 25 years in final ruling for espionage case

Morsi sentenced to 25 years in final ruling for espionage case

A top Egyptian court upheld on Saturday a life sentence for ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in a case revolving around state documents leaked to Qatar, a judicial official said.

The ruling can not be appealed and amounts to 25 years in prison.

Life sentence in Egypt is 25 years in prison.

Morsi and ten other defendants of the lawsuit were referred to court in September 2014, accused of accumulating classified national security intelligence and delivering it to Qatari intelligence and their news network Al Jazeera, which Egyptian authorities consider to be an extension of Qatar's foreign policy.

The court also upheld three death sentences handed down to suspects in the case, the paper said, adding that three others, who are still at large, could appeal similar sentences they had been given.

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The court of cassation upheld a life sentence first passed in June 2016 on the charge of leading an illegal group but threw out a 15-year sentence on the charge of having stolen secret documents, his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud told AFP. He was removed from office in a coup led by former head of the armed forces and current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. In October last year, the same court had confirmed a 20- year prison sentence against Morsi for taking part inciting violence near Ittihadeya presidential palace in 2012.

Death sentences in Egypt are subject to review by the country's mufti as the official interpreter of Islamic law, although his verdict is not legally binding.

Rulings are to be issued on November 25 against 13 others on trial in the same case.

The defendants are charged with joining a terrorist cell in Egypt's governorate of Marsa Matrouh affiliated with the Libya Daesh militant group. However, the verdict can be appealed.

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