CAIRO: Former Islamist President Mohamed Morsi has received three different penalties ranging from life imprisonment to acquittal over a group of charges in the trial known as “spying for Qatar” Saturday.
The Cairo Criminal Court that was held at the Police Academy handed down Morsi and three co-defendants sentences to life in prison; meanwhile, it upheld death penalties against six other convicts after referring their investigation files to the Grand Mufti for religious opinion on May 17. The referral is a fixed procedure in cases of death penalties, although his opinion is only advisory and not abiding.
Court’s presiding judge Mohamed Sherin Fahmy also handed down Morsi and other three convicts rulings of 15 years in jail over an unstated charge. However, Morsi and others were acquitted of another unstated charge in the case.
According to the prosecution, the whole 11 defendants faced charges of “leaking confidential documents of the state’s national security and Egyptian armed forces to Qatari T.V. channel of Al-Jazeera” during Morsi’s one-year tenure.
The trial is Morsi’s fourth since he was ousted by the military on July 3, 2013, following a mass protest against his rule on June 30, 2013.
In June 2015, he was also sentenced to life in prison on charges of spying for Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanese group Hezbollah, and Iran. The same court also upheld a death sentence against Morsi over breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising.
In April 2015, He was also sentenced to 20 years in jail for inciting and violence in the “Presidential Palace Clashes” case.
However, all the said sentences are currently appealed.