CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court handed life sentence to former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to life in prison, along with two other defendants, in the “Qatar espionage” case. Daily News Egypt reported.
Other six defendants were given death sentences after the Grand Mufti argued that the “crime of the defendants are similar to that of treason,” the punishment should be death.
Mohamed Shereen Fahmy, the presiding judge also sentenced Morsi to another 15 years for a different charge in the same case.
Fahmy employed several nationalist connotations while reading the court’s decision.
Accordging to The Daily News Egypt, the session witnessed a heavy presence of security forces in the fortified Police Academy in downtown Cairo
Morsi and the other defendants are accused of leaking national security documents and information related to national security to Qatar during Morsi’s presidency.