Egypt court upholds life sentence for Morsi in Qatar case

Egypt court upholds life sentence for Morsi in Qatar case

Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt's 2011 revolution, was removed from his position in mid-2013 by a coup led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief of the time.

A life sentence given to Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi has been upheld, a move that apparently shows the government in Cairo has no intention of easing a crackdown on the followers of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

The Egyptian Court of Cassation's ruling, which reduced Morsi's original sentence in the case by 15 years, is final.

The court also confirmed three death sentences against people convicted in the same case.

Last week, ISIL fighters ambushed a police convoy in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, killing 18 officers and wounding seven others in one of the deadliest attacks this year in the restive region.

The court on Saturday dismissed an additional sentence of 15 years handed to Morsi for a different charge in the same espionage case, but upheld the 25-year life sentence.

In 2014, Morsi and nine other senior officials were accused of "endangering Egypt's national security" after highly-classified documents were leaked to Qatar.

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Hundreds of Morsi supporters were killed during protests following his ouster.

He came to power after Egypt's long-time president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in an uprising in 2011.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has been blacklisted as a terrorist group.

The case's documents were referred to the Grand Mufti, who must review all death sentences as per the Egyptian law.

Charges include belonging to a militant group affiliated with ISIL's branch in Libya, weapons possession, inciting violence and participating in the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers in Libya in 2015.

The final decision of the court will be announced on November 25 which involves 20 defendants.