Former Egyptian president gets another life sentence

Former Egyptian president gets another life sentence

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi was given another life sentence on Saturday (local time), after a court found him guilty of espionage and leaking state secrets.

Mursi, the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, has already been sentenced in three other cases, including being given the death penalty for a mass prison break on 2011.

Prosecutors argued Mursi and his aides leaked military secrets to Qatar.

The court on Saturday also approved the death penalty for six others accused alongside Mursi, including three journalists sentenced in absentia.

In 2013, Egypt's then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Mursi, and started a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.  Tens of thousands have since been jailed.

Egypt's entire legal system has been attacked by human rights organisations and international criticism is being received for the rulings.

The verdicts can be appealed by all of the defendants in the country's highest civil court.

Newshub.