Court up­holds Morsi’s life sen­tence

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

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, his lawyer Ab­del Moneim Ab­del Maq­sud said.

The rul­ing came af­ter lawyers ap­pealed the ini­tial 2016 sen­tenc­ing.

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 the de­fen­dants had passed on state se­crets to Qatar, an ally of Morsi’s gov­ern­ment that has de­nounced his 2013 over­throw by the mil­i­tary.

Qatar has de­nied the charges.

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