Egypt court upholds ousted president Morsi's 25-year in jail

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According to the court order, the defendants committed their alleged crimes between the years 2012 and 2016 in Matrouh, Cairo and Alexandria governorates in Egypt, and outside Egypt also.

The court also upheld death sentences for three other defendants, a life sentence and a 15-year sentence for two others.

The Egyptian Court of Cassation's ruling, which reduced Morsi's original sentence in the case by 15 years, is final.

The court has referred the case to Grand Mufti, the country's highest Islamic official who will give the religious judgment of all preliminary death sentences.

An Egyptian court on September 16, 2017 upheld life sentence in prison against the ousted president Mohamed Morsi over charges of spying for Qatar, State-run Nile TV reported.

The documents allegedly include information on general and military intelligence, armed forces and state policy secrets which harm the national security.

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Ahmed Ban, expert with Nile Center for political studies, and a Brotherhood dissident, predicted President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will pardon Morsi if finally Morsi reached execution.

66-year-old Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence for killing protesters during demonstrations in 2012.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was ousted by the army in 2013 in response to mass protests against his rule. But his death sentence verdict was overturned.

The final decision of the court will be announced on November 25 which involves 20 defendants.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood has been blacklisted as a terrorist group.

The defendants are also charged with participating in the beheading of 21 Egyptians in Libya.

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