Egypt’s Morsi sentenced to life in espionage trial

CAIRO: An Egyptian court Saturday sentenced former president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison in an espionage trial in which six co-defendants were handed death penalties.


The court acquitted Morsi of charges of having supplied Qatar with classified documents but sentenced him to life for leading an unlawful organisation.

This is Morsi’s fourth sentence as he has already been sentenced in three separate trials to death, a life term and 20 years in prison.

Morsi the country’s first freely elected president had barely finished his first year in office when the military overthrew and detained him in July 2013.

At the time it announced he would eventually be tried on vague charges of espionage and for a mass prison break during the 18-day revolt that overthrew his predecessor Hosni Mubarak in 2011.