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Egypt's Morsi sentenced to 40 years in Qatar espionage case

Cairo Criminal Court confirmed a death sentence against six of Morsi's co-defendants

Ahram Online , Saturday 18 Jun 2016
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File photo: Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Bassam Al Zoghby)
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Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Saturday ousted president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison and an additional 15-year prison sentence in what is known as the Qatar espionage case.

The court also confirmed the death sentences against six of Morsi’s co-defendants in the case.

Life in prison in Egypt is 25 years behind bars.

The verdicts can still be appealed.

The defendants sentenced to death include five men (Ahmed Abdo Afify, Mohamed Adel El-Kelany, Ahmed Ismail, Alaa Omar and Ibrahim Helal) and one woman (Asmaa El-Khateeb).

Three of the 10 defendants in the case are being tried in absentia. The three defendants can only appeal their verdicts if they turn themselves in to authorities.

Morsi, who was ousted in July 2013, was charged with using his post to leak classified documents to Qatar with the help of secretaries and Muslim Brotherhood figures.

Morsi and the head of his office, Ahmed Abdel-Ati, were also charged with leaking secret information on general and military intelligence, the armed forces, its armaments and other state secrets.

The prosecution argued that the two used their positions to pass files from the presidential office to Amin El-Serafy, a presidential secretary, who then passed them to his daughter, Karima, who gave them to agents to give to Qatar.

The other defendants – who include Ahmed Afify, a documentary producer; Mohamed Kilany, a flight attendant; Ahmed Ismail, a teaching assistant; and Khaled Radwan and Asmaa El-Khatib, two journalists for pro-Brotherhood TV channels – were charged with turning over copies of the classified documents to two staffers of the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera and an unknown Qatari intelligence officer.

The espionage case is the fourth major trial of Morsi on various criminal charges since his ouster in 2013.

Morsi has already been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in the "Ittihadiya case," received a death sentence in the Wadi Natroun Prison jailbreak case, and life over leaks to foreign groups, including militant groups Hamas and Hizbullah.

All other sentences are currently being appealed.

 

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lucky
19-06-2016 04:57pm
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Look at the bright side...
Egypt didn't fall... Like Iraq... Syria.. Gaddafi's country.. Yemen.. And if Morsi had stayed being the little pawn of Iran that he is... Iran would have surrounded Saudi and Saudi would be fighting more than just its Yemen border. But that's just my theory... What did Morsi do for Egypt? He divided the people and made them hate each other. And the people didn't put up with it. They demanded he leave. A true democratic president would care for all the people. That is Sisi. He keeps the peace. He is the reason Egypt didn't fall like Yemen.
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Al
19-06-2016 09:13pm
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Morsi was a mistake ...
No one with half a brain would want Morsi and his MB radicals to rule Egypt. Similarly no one with half a brain would want an Army dictator, economically challenged, to rule Egypt either.
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Ahmed Shaheen
19-06-2016 06:30am
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Another Day of Shame for Egypt
Do the Egyptian dictator Sissi and his puppets think the world will believe him and accept the verdicts of the subservient courts? Any how SHAME on you Egypt.
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Tut
18-06-2016 11:25pm
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You have be an idiot
To think that an Army dictatorship regime would unseat a radical Islamism regime; putting an elected president on life sentence and they’d live in peace happily ever after. What were they thinking; they’re going to sweep half the population under the carpet and stability would kick in; millions of tourists and investors would say great; we don’t have radical Islam ruling Egypt any more but we have radical Islamist everywhere causing havoc and terrorism; let’s go and visit Egypt next winter! You’d be an idiot if you thought so!Poorly planned, poorly executed, and poorly doubled-down Sisi!
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Allen
18-06-2016 05:55pm
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Grandstanding even in a cage.
A pathetic terrorist, not much more.
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Megan
18-06-2016 05:15pm
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Former tourist to Egypt
And you wonder why tourists from democratic nations do not come to Egypt any more.
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