Morsi gets life in pri­son

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An Egyp­tian court yes­ter­day sen­tenced for­mer pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi to life in pri­son in an es­pi­onage trial in which six of his co-de­fen­dants were handed death penal­ties.

The court ac­quit­ted Morsi of charges of hav­ing sup­plied Qatar with clas­si­fied doc­u­ments, but sen­tenced him to life for lead­ing an un­law­ful or­gan­i­sa­tion, his lawyer Ab­del Moneim Ab­del Mak­soud said.

The ousted pres­i­dent was also con­victed of hav­ing “stolen se­cret doc­u­ments con­cern­ing state se­cu­rity” and handed an­other 15-year jail term, the lawyer said.

Qatar was a main backer of Morsi and his Mus­lim Brother­hood move­ment while he was in power be­tween 2012 and July 2013, when the mil­i­tary over­threw and de­tained him.

Morsi has been sen­tenced to death in a sep­a­rate trial for his al­leged role in pri­son breaks and at­tacks on po­lice sta­tions dur­ing the 2011 up­ris­ing that over­threw veteran strong­man Hosni Mubarak. He has also re­ceived a life sen­tence and a 20-year jail term in two other tri­als. Yes­ter­day, the court con­firmed death sen­tences against six code­fen­dants, in­clud­ing three jour­nal­ists tried in ab­sen­tia who al­legedly helped re­lay se­cret doc­u­ments to Qatar. The jour­nal­ists have been iden­ti­fied as Ibrahim Mo­hamed Hi­lal and Jor­da­nian cit­i­zen Alaa Omar Mo­hamed Sablan, both of Qatar­based Al Jazeera chan­nel. The third has been named as As­maa Mo­hamed al-Khatib, a fe­male re­porter with pro-Mus­lim Brother­hood news out­let Rassd. The death sen­tences had been sent to the mufti – Egypt’s of­fi­cial in­ter­preter of Is­lamic law – as Egyp­tian law re­quires his opin­ion on death sen­tences, al­though his opin­ion is not bind­ing.

– AFP

For­mer Egyp­tian pres­i­dent Mo­hamed Morsi

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