Egyptian Court overturns life sentence for Morsi in Hamas, Iran spying case

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 22 Nov 2016

The court also overturned death sentences for three Brotherhood leaders in a case that involves 21 defendants

File Photo: Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in court (AP)

Egypt's Court of Cassation overturned on Tuesday a June 2015 life sentence against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in the case of espionage with the Palestinian group Hamas and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, ordering a retrial.

The court's ruling covered a total of 21 defendants who had received varying sentences in the case in a lower court.

Sixteen of the defendants had received life sentences alongside Morsi, including Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei.

The court also overturned death sentences against three Brotherhood leaders: Essam El-Erian, Mohamed El-Beltagy and Khairat El-Shater.

The panel also overturned a seven-year sentence for Morsi's Chief of Staff Mohamed Refae El-Tahtawy.

Last week, the same court overturned a death sentence against Morsi in a 2011 prison break case.

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