Last Update 17:32
Thursday, 13 December 2018

Egypt court cancels 15-year prison sentence, affirms life sentence against ousted Morsi

Morsi received the sentence in June 2016 after being found guilty of using his post to leak classified documents to Qatar

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Saturday 16 Sep 2017
File Photo: Ousted president Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)
Views: 5786
Views: 5786

Egypt’s Court of Cassation cancelled a 15-year prison sentence against ousted president Mohamed Morsi, but upheld a life sentence against him in what is known as the Qatar espionage case. 

The court also confirmed death sentences against three convicted in the same case.

A total of six defendants received death sentences in the Qatar espionage case, but only three could appeal as the rest are still at large.

The Court of Cassation’s verdict is final and cannot be appealed.

Morsi received the original sentence in June 2016 after being found guilty of 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, also faced charges of leaking secret information on general and military intelligence, the armed forces, its armaments and other state secrets.

Since his ouster and arrest in 2013, Morsi has been facing a number of trials on charges that include conspiring with foreign powers — including Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbullah and Iran's Revolutionary Guards — to destabilise Egypt, and insulting the judiciary. 

Short link:


Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.

© 2010 Ahram Online.