Mursi sentenced to life on espionage charges

Egypt's Former Islamist President Mohammed Mursi was sentenced to life in the espionage case with Qatar

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An Egyptian court Saturday sentenced former Islamist President Mohammed Mursi to life in prison in an espionage trial in which six co-defendants were handed death penalties.

The court acquitted Mursi of charges of having supplied Qatar with classified documents but sentenced him to life for leading an unlawful organization, his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud told AFP.

The ousted president was also convicted of having "stolen secret documents concerning state security" and handed another 15-year jail term, the lawyer added.

Mursi was ousted by the military in July 2013 and has already been sentenced to death in another case.

The court also confirmed death sentences against six defendants, including three journalists tried in absentia who allegedly helped relay secret documents to Qatar.

The journalists have been identified as Ibrahim Mohamed Hilal and Jordanian citizen Alaa Omar Mohamed Sablan, both of Qatar-based Al-Jazeera channel.

The third has been named as Asmaa Mohamed al-Khatib, a female reporter with pro-Muslim Brotherhood news outlet Rassd.

Saturday's verdicts can be appealed.

(with Agencies)

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