Thursday, December 14, 2017
   
Text Size

Site Search powered by Ajax

Egypt court upholds ex-president Morsi's life sentence

Top appeals court makes the final ruling, accusing the overthrown president for leaking secret state documents to Qatar.

Mohamed Morsi

An Egyptian court has upheld a life sentence for ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on charges of harming national security by leaking secret state documents to Qatar while he was in office. 

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.

Morsi was immediately arrested after the coup and Sisi has been the president of the country since 2013.

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

There have been no explanations yet for the rulings and they cannot be appealed.

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

Sisi's crackdown

Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.

Since toppling Morsi, Sisi has clamped down on dissent. Mass trials have been held for thousands of supporters of Muslim Brotherhood, which Morsi was a member of, and hundreds have received death sentences or lengthy prison terms.

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

Egypt is one of four Arab nations in a Saudi-led bloc that cut relations with the Gulf state on June 5, accusing it of backing "extremist" groups and cooperating with their arch-foe Iran, allegations Doha has repeatedly denied.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe via RSS or Email:

Russian diplomatic staff leave Yeme...

Read More

'Mishandled explosives' kill 2 Pale...

Read More

Trump's Jerusalem move: All the lat...

Read More

Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah vows t...

Read More

More than 8 million 'a step away' f...

Read More

Putin, Erdogan warn US move risks e...

Read More

Global_News

British politicians vote in favour of giving parliament the final say on any withdrawal deal with the European Union.

Read More

Donation

Thanks to all of our supporters for your generosity and your encouragement of an independent press!

Enter Amount:

Featured_Author

Login






Login reminder Forgot login?

Subscribe to MWC News Alert

Email Address

Subscribe in a reader Facebok page Twitter page

Week in Pictures

From snowfall to sunshine

Palestinians hold 'day of rage'