Egypt court upholds life term for Mursi for leak­ing pa­pers to Qatar

Court also upholds death sen­tences against three fig­ures of Mus­lim Brother­hood

Gulf News - - Middle East -

Atop Egyp­tian court up­held yes­ter­day a life sen­tence for ousted Is­lamist pres­i­dent Mo­ham­mad Mursi 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 Mursi on charges of steal­ing the doc­u­ments, handed dur­ing the ini­tial sen­tenc­ing.

But it up­held a life sen­tence 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 Mursi’s Is­lamist gov­ern­ment that has de­nounced his 2013 over­throw by the mil­i­tary. Qatar has de­nied the charges.

Hun­dreds of Mursi sup­port­ers were killed dur­ing protests fol­low­ing his ouster. Thou­sands of oth­ers were de­tained in a crack­down that was later ex­panded to in­clude left­ist and lib­eral dis­si­dents.

AFP

Mo­ham­mad Mursi

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