Court upholds ousted Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi's life sentence

The court has set a Nov. 25 date for issuing the final verdict in the case which involves 20 defendants

The court has set a Nov. 25 date for issuing the final verdict in the case which involves 20 defendants

An Egyptian court on Saturday upheld ousted President Mohamed Morsi's life sentence over charges of spying for Qatar, authorities said.

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

The defendants were accused of giving classified documents about the armed forces to Qatar that harm national security.

In November, the court had quashed one of the two life sentences handed down to Morsi and ordered a retrial in connection with the Qatar espionage case. The prosecution also accused the defendants of working for the "terrorist branded Muslim Brotherhood" organization.

66-year-old Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence for killing protesters during demonstrations in 2012.

Qatar is now embroiled in a crisis with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which are boycotting the small Gulf emirate for its support for the Brotherhood, among other accusations.

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

On May 17, 2015, Morsi and 106 supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood received death penalties over a mass jail break following the 2011 uprising that ousted the long time ruler Hosni Mubarak.

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

The court of cassation upheld a life sentence first passed in June 2016 on the charge of leading an illegal group but threw out a 15-year sentence on the charge of having stolen secret documents, his lawyer told AFP.

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

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