Former Egyptian president's prison sentence reduced by 15 years

Former Egyptian president's prison sentence reduced by 15 years

The Court of Cassation, Egypt's highest appeal court, rejected Morsi's appeal and said the ruling against him is "final and unappealable", official news agency MENA said.

A life sentence in Egypt amounts to 25 years in prison, and the court´s rulings can not be appealed.

The court also upheld three death sentences handed down to suspects in the case, the paper said, adding that three others, who are still at large, could appeal similar sentences they had been given.

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

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

After a long legal battle, Egypt's Court of Cassation reduced former President Mohamed Morsi's sentence to 25 years in the Qatar spy case.

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

He came to power after Egypt's long-time president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in an uprising in 2011. Qatar is also an ardent supporter of the Brotherhood, the most popular political party in Egypt and the oldest in the Arab world, from which Morsi and many other Egyptian politicians have hailed.

But the death sentence verdict was overturned and now Morsi is facing retrial.

In November 2016, the case was referred to court, after the State Security Prosecution revealed the defendants were also involved in attacks on Christians in their governorate, as well as hiding and training seven German citizens who were planning to join Libya's Daesh.

The court will give its final sentence against another 13 accused with the same charges in November 25. However, the verdict can be appealed.

Cairo's relations with Doha were already troubled by Qatar's backing of Morsi during the time of the cirisis.

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