Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Former Egyptian president's prison sentence reduced by 15 years

Former Egyptian president's prison sentence reduced by 15 years

The court will give its final sentence against another 13 accused with the same charges in November 25.

The documents allegedly include information on general and military intelligence, armed forces and state policy secrets which harm the national security.

Egyptian-Qatari ties have been strained since Morsi's military ouster, due in large part to the Gulf nation's support of the Muslim Brotherhood group, which has now been branded a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government.

Two other defendants also received life and rigorous imprisonment terms in the case.

This is the second time that Morsi got a confirmed sentence.

Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012. An Egyptian court on September 16, 2017 upheld life sentence in prison against the ousted president Mohamed Morsi over charges of spying for Qatar, State-run Nile TV reported.

The defendants are charged with joining a terrorist cell in Egypt's governorate of Marsa Matrouh affiliated with the Libya Daesh militant group.

2 militants killed Kupwara infiltration bid: Army
This bid was foiled after more than a month's time when last infiltration was repulsed with fatal casualties on militant side. Two AK-47 rifles and war-like stores were recovered from them, the army spokesperson said.

Hundreds of the group received death and life sentences, mostly over violence, murder and spying charges.

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

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

Of the seven defendants, three were sentenced to death in absentia, the officials said.

On the Brotherhood page, the members commented that the verdicts are "an honor", adding it won't prevent creation of thousands of likewise courageous men.

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

Like this: