Ex-Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi jailed another 25 years

Egypt court upholds life sentence for Morsi in Qatar case

An Egyptian court on Saturday upheld life sentence in prison against the ousted president Mohamed Morsi over charges of spying for Qatar, State-run Nile TV reported.

The court also upheld death sentences for documentary producer Ahmed Ali Abdo, EgyptAir cabin crew member Mohamed Adel Kilani and university teaching assistant Ahmed Ismail Thabet, as well as a life term and 15 years for two others, the official said.

Egypt's al-Ahram newspaper said on its online edition posted on Saturday that the Egyptian Court of Cassation had confirmed the sentence over a charge of espionage for Qatar.

The ruling came after lawyers appealed the initial 2016 sentencing.

Morsi, who became Egypt's president in June 2012 after the first democratic elections in the country, was ousted in a military coup after a year in power following mass protests against his rule.

In 2014, Egypt charged Morsi and nine others with endangering national security by leaking state secrets and sensitive documents to Qatar.

Since being removed from office, Morsi's organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, has been outlawed in Egypt and Morsi has been convicted of crimes in three different court cases.

Qatar is now embroiled in a crisis with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which are boycotting the small Gulf emirate for its support for the Brotherhood, among other accusations.

Courts have sentenced hundreds of Islamists to death, including other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, though many have appealed and been granted new trials.

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

Charges also include possessing weapons, inciting violence and participating in the slaughtering of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers in Libya in 2015.

Cairo's relations with Doha were already troubled by Qatar's backing of Morsi during the time of the cirisis.

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