Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi sentenced to life in Prison

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Egypt's Islamist former president Mohamed Morsi in court
Morsi was found guilty on charges of espionage.

Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to life in Prison.

Morsi will have to spend 25 years in jail which is the maximum sentence for life imprisonment .

He was found guilty on charges of espionage.

The court still has to decide whether to confirm or commute death sentences it handed down against Morsi in a separate case related to a 2011 prison break.

General guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie was also sentenced to 25 years in jail on spying charges on Tuesday. The court handed town a total of 17 life sentences on charges of spying.

Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat el-Shater and two others were sentenced to death in the same case.

Death sentences were also handed to 13 other defendants in absentia.

Deposed President Mohammed Morsi had been preliminarily sentenced to death on charges of escaping from prison.

The Court has referred the papers of Morsi and 104 others to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s top Islamic scholar, for confirmation of the death sentences.

Morsi was officially ousted as president by Egypt’s armed forces on July 3, 2013.

Following the army’s announcement, which was televised, millions of protesters celebrated countrywide, reportedly shouting phrases like “God is great” and “Long live Egypt.”

Not long after the announcement was made, Morsi stated that the Egyptian military’s measures “represent a full coup categorically rejected by all the free men of our nation” via his Twitter page.

Morsi’s removal from power led to unrest across Egypt with clashes taking place between his supporters and detractors. The Egyptian government killed some pro-Morsi Muslim protestors during this time.

The government also arrested and tried some of his supporters as well. That November, Morsi himself was put on trial for allegedly inciting the murder of several protestors in December 2012.

He told the court that “this trial is illegimate,” according to a report in The New York Times. Morsi claimed to still be the rightful president of Egypt. After only one day in court, the trial was postponed until early 2014.

 

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