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. Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence for killing protesters in 2012.
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Amid the crisis between several Arab states and Qatar, an Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to 25 years in prison in the case involving leaked documents to Doha. The Egyptian Court of Cassation’s ruling, which reduced Morsi’s original sentence in the case by 15 years, is final.
In 2014, Morsi and nine other senior officials were accused of “endangering Egypt’s national security” after highly-classified documents were leaked to Qatar. Some senior Muslim Brotherhood members were accused of sharing state secrets, such as the locations of the Egyptian Army’s weapon arsenals, with Qatari officials.
66-year-old Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence for killing protesters during demonstrations in 2012. Morsi became Egypt’s president in 2011 but was overthrown in 2013 in the military coup led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is now the president of the country. 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.