Qatar con­demns Mursi and AlJazeera trial ver­dicts

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

DOHA—Qatar on Sun­day re­jected the ver­dict by an Egyp­tian court in a spy case link­ing ousted pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Mursi to pass­ing state se­crets to Doha.

In ad­di­tion to Mursi’s con­vic­tion be­ing up­held and re­ceiv­ing a life sen­tence, two jour­nal­ists from the Qatar-based state­funded broad­caster AlJazeera were also handed death sen­tences. But in a state­ment re­leased late on Satur­day by Qatar’s for­eign min­istry, of­fi­cials in Doha said the ver­dict was un­founded. “Though it is not fi­nal, the ver­dict is un­founded, goes against truth and con­tains mis­lead­ing claims which are con­trary to the pol­icy of the State of Qatar to­wards all sis­ter coun­tries, in­clud­ing Egypt,” said the min­istry’s di­rec­tor of in­for­ma­tion, Ahmed Al Ru­maihi. “The charge of es­pi­onage for Qatar against a for­mer pres­i­dent and me­dia men is sur­pris­ing and un­ac­cept­able.” Ru­maihi added that the ver­dicts lacked “the proper sense of justice.”

Mursi was given life in prison Satur­day for lead­ing an un­law­ful or­ga­ni­za­tion and 15 years for hav­ing “stolen se­cret doc­u­ments con­cern­ing state se­cu­rity,” his lawyer said.

But Mursi was ac­quit­ted of hav­ing sup­plied clas­si­fied doc­u­ments to Qatar.—Agen­cies

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