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Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Egyptian court confirms Morsi's life sentence

Egyptian court confirms Morsi's life sentence

Since being removed from office, Morsi's organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, has been outlawed in Egypt and Morsi has been convicted of crimes in three different court cases.

An Egyptian court on Saturday has sentenced seven members of the Islamic State (IS) to death over charges of murder and violence, official news agency MENA reported.

But it upheld a life sentence - 25 years in prison in Egypt - on the charge of leading an illegal organisation, his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud told AFP.

The Egyptian Court of Cassation issued a final ruling on Saturday, reducing Morsi's sentences in the espionage case from a combined total of 40 years to 25. The two have denied the allegations.

Qatar is now embroiled in a crisis with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which are boycotting the small Gulf emirate for its support for the Brotherhood, among other accusations. Pursuing a call by Saudi Arabia, Cairo cut diplomatic ties to Doha over the emirate's alleged support for terrorism.

Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt's 2011 revolution, was overthrown in mid-2013 by then-general Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, now the president, following mass protests against his rule.

Death sentences in Egypt are subject to review by the country's mufti as the official interpreter of Islamic law, although his verdict is not legally binding.

In May, 2015, Morsi and 106 Muslim Brotherhood supporters received death penalties over a mass jail break following the 2011 uprising.

He narrowly won the vote but was soon accused of failing to represent all Egyptians and of trampling the ideals of the anti-Mubarak uprising.

The ruling came after lawyers appealed the initial 2016 sentencing.

There have been no explanations yet for the rulings and they can not be appealed.

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