Cairo— An Egyptian court on Saturday awarded life imprisonment to country’s former president Mohamed Morsi in espionage trial.

The Cauri court has also upheld the death penalties of Morsi’s co-defendants, including two journalists of Al-Jazeera TV, in the case.

The court sentenced Mr. Morsi to life in jail for leading an unlawful organization but acquitted him of the charges of having provided classified documents to Qatar, which was his and his Muslim Brotherhood movement’s main supporter after he became Egypt’s first democratically elected president in July 2012.

The former president was handed another fifteen-year prison sentence for “stealing secret documents concerning state security”.

It is pertinent to mention that Morsi has already received the death penalty for his role in jailbreaks and attacks on police stations during 2011 that led to the ouster of veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

He has also received a life sentence and a twenty-year prison term in two separate cases.

Morsi was overthrown by country’s then Army Cheif and current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in July 2013 following the mass demonstrations against his rule.


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