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Egypt: Morsi life sentence upheld

17 September 2017

The ruling can not be appealed and amounts to 25 years in prison.

The court has referred the case to Grand Mufti, the country's highest Islamic official who will give the religious judgment of all preliminary death sentences.

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.

Qatar was a main backer of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement while he was in power between 2012 and July 2013.

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The court also ordered to adjourn the verdict on other 13 defendants in that case to 25 November.

This is the second time that Morsi got confirmed sentence.

After a long legal battle, Egypt's Court of Cassation reduced former President Mohamed Morsi's sentence to 25 years in the Qatar spy case.

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The defendants are charged with joining a terrorist cell in Egypt's governorate of Marsa Matrouh affiliated with the Libya Daesh militant group. Hundreds of the group supporters received death and life sentences, mostly over violence, murder and spying charges.

Morsi, 66, and two other defendants were sentenced to life in prison in June 2016 for leaking national security information and documents to Qatar during his presidency.

Yet the case is appealable.

Ahmed Ban, expert with Nile Center for political studies, and a Brotherhood dissident, predicted President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will pardon Morsi if finally Morsi reached execution.

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Egypt: Morsi life sentence upheld