EGYPT COURT UPHOLDS LIFE SEN­TENCE AGAINST OUSTED PRES­I­DENT MORSI

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - World -

CAIRO: A top Egyp­tian court on Satur­day up­held a life sen­tence for ousted Is­lamist pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi in a case re­volv­ing around state doc­u­ments leaked to Qatar. The Court of Cas­sa­tion rul­ing, which is fi­nal, over­threw a 15-year sen­tence for Morsi on charges of steal­ing the doc­u­ments, handed dur­ing the ini­tial sen­tenc­ing. But it up­held a life sen­tence — 25 years in prison in Egypt — on the charge of lead­ing an il­le­gal or­gan­i­sa­tion. The court also up­held death sen­tences for three other de­fen­dants, a life sen­tence and a 15-year sen­tence for two others. The trial hinged on ac­cu­sa­tions that they passed on state se­crets to Qatar, an ally of Morsi’s Is­lamist gov­ern­ment that has de­nounced his 2013 over­throw by the mil­i­tary.

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