Court upholds lifetime sentence against Morsi over spying for Qatar

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An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ousted president Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood to 25 years in prison in a final ruling over a case accusing him of spying for Qatar, judicial sources said.

There have been no explanations yet for the rulings and they can not be appealed.

A life sentence in Egypt amounts to 25 years in prison, and the court's rulings can not be appealed.

Morsi served as Egypt's first democratically-elected president after the fall of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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.

Egypt's al-Ahram newspaper said on its online edition posted on Saturday that the Egyptian Court of Cassation had confirmed the sentence over a charge of espionage for Qatar.

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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. He was removed from office in a coup led by former head of the armed forces and current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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.

In a separate case, the court condemned to death seven people for membership of a militant group affiliated to the ISIS group in Libya.

The final decision of the court will be announced on November 25 which involves 20 defendants.

Charges also include possessing weapons, inciting violence and participating in the slaughtering of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers in Libya in 2015.

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