Ex-President of Egypt Morsi was sentenced to life in prison for espionage

A Cairo court on Saturday, June 18, was sentenced to life imprisonment of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the Associated Press reports. Morsi was declared guilty of passing state secrets to Qatar. This is the second life sentence issued against Morsi. The ex-President of Egypt on 18 June, was also sentenced to 15 years in prison in another episode, reports Ahram Online.

Besides the transfer to Qatar documents relating to matters of national security, was convicted six people, including two journalists of the TV channel Al Jazeera. They are sentenced to death. In respect of employees of Al Jazeera, the producer of Alaa Omar Mohammed and news editor Ibrahim Mohammed Hilal, the verdicts were handed down in absentia.

The decision of the Cairo court can be appealed.

Morsi was President of Egypt in 2011, becoming the successor to Hosni Mubarak, who ruled the country for 30 years. Two years later, Morsi was overthrown in a military coup. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for inciting the murder of opposition during the unrest that occurred in Egypt at the end of 2012. Later Morsi was convicted of planning to escape from prison, he was sentenced to the death penalty. In addition, Morsi received a life sentence for passing classified information to foreign groups Hamas and Hezbollah. All of the convictions in the present appeal, the protection of the former President.