Egypt court upholds ex-president Morsi's life sentence

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On Oct. 22, 2016, the same appeal court has confirmed a 20-year prison sentence against Morsi on charges of violence and murder in 2012, when clashes erupted outside a presidential palace between his supporters and opponents, which killed up to 10 people.

Amid the crisis between several Arab states and Qatar, an Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced former President Mohamed Morsi to 25 years in prison in the case involving leaked documents to Doha.

The Court of Cassation ruling, which is final, overthrew a 15-year sentence for Morsi on charges of stealing the documents, handed during the initial sentencing.

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The court also upheld death sentences for documentary producer Ahmed Ali Abdo, EgyptAir cabin crew member Mohamed Adel Kilani and university teaching assistant Ahmed Ismail Thabet, as well as a life term and 15 years for two others, the official said. Pursuing a call by Saudi Arabia, Cairo cut diplomatic ties to Doha over the emirate's alleged support for terrorism.

Morsi, Egypt´s first democratically elected president, was overthrown by the military in July 2013 following mass protests against his one-year rule.

Morsi was immediately arrested after the coup and Sisi has been the president of the country since 2013.

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The defendants are charged with joining a terrorist cell in Egypt's governorate of Marsa Matrouh affiliated with the Libya Daesh militant group.

Courts have sentenced hundreds of Islamists to death, including other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, though many have appealed and been granted new trials.

The crackdown on the Brotherhood has sparked widespread outrage around the world as rights campaigners and governments keep criticizing the Sisi administration for the collective imprisonment of the party members.

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The ruling can not be appealed and amounts to 25 years in prison.

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