Sunday, 19 June 2016

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi sentenced to life in prison

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to life in prison. He was one of a number of defendants accused of passing documents to Qatar.

According to the 64-year-old's lawyer, he had been acquitted of spying in this case, but convicted of leading an illegal organisation. Six others on trial, including two journalists for the broadcaster al-Jazeera, were sentenced to death. The two journalists were not in court and were sentenced to death in absentia.

Morsi was Egypt's first democratically elected president but the army overthrew him in 2013 and cracked down on his supporters.

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