Morsi sen­tenced

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CAIRO: An Egyp­tian court yes­ter­day sen­tenced ousted pres­i­dent Mo­hammed Morsi of the Mus­lim Brother­hood to 25 years in prison in a fi­nal rul­ing over a case ac­cus­ing him of spy­ing for Qatar, ju­di­cial sources said. Morsi, demo­crat­i­cally elected af­ter Egypt’s 2011 revo­lu­tion, was over­thrown in mid-2013 by then-gen­eral Ab­del Fat­tah El-Sisi, now the pres­i­dent, fol­low­ing mass protests against his rule. He was im­me­di­ately ar­rested.

Egypt’s Court of Cas­sa­tion re­duced Morsi’s sen­tence in the Qatar case to 25 years in its fi­nal rul­ing, from an orig­i­nal 40 years. Morsi is al­ready serv­ing a 20-year sen­tence af­ter be­ing con­victed for the killing of pro­test­ers dur­ing demon­stra­tions in 2012. Since top­pling Morsi, Sisi has clamped down on dis­sent. Mass tri­als have been held for thou­sands of Mus­lim Brother­hood sup­port­ers, and hun­dreds have re­ceived death sen­tences or lengthy prison terms.

In 2014, Egypt charged Morsi and nine oth­ers with en­dan­ger­ing na­tional se­cu­rity by leak­ing state se­crets and sen­si­tive doc­u­ments to Qatar. Egypt’s re­la­tions with Doha were al­ready trou­bled by Qatar’s back­ing of Morsi. Egypt is one of four Arab na­tions in a Saudi-led bloc that cut re­la­tions with the Gulf state on June 5, ac­cus­ing it of back­ing mil­i­tant groups and co­op­er­at­ing with their arch-foe Iran, al­le­ga­tions Doha de­nies. —

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