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Egypt court sentences seven to death over links to ISIL

The court has set a Nov. 25 date for issuing the final verdict in the case which involves 20 defendants Islamic State
Howard Terry | 17 September, 2017, 00:51

In November, the court had quashed one of the two life sentences handed down to Morsi and ordered a retrial in connection with the Qatar espionage case.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said military reverses for IS in war-torn Syria were driving its fighters to try to relocate to Libya and the Sinai Peninsula of eastern Egypt.

A life sentence given to Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi has been upheld, a move that apparently shows the government in Cairo has no intention of easing a crackdown on the followers of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

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.

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.

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

In 2014, Morsi and nine other senior officials were accused of "endangering Egypt's national security" after highly-classified documents were leaked to Qatar. Mass trials have been held for thousands of supporters of Muslim Brotherhood, which Morsi was a member of, and hundreds have received death sentences or lengthy prison terms.

He came to power after Egypt's long-time president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in an uprising in 2011.

Of the seven defendants, three were sentenced to death in absentia, the officials said.

In a separate case, the court condemned to death seven people for membership of a militant group affiliated to the ISIS group in Libya.

The verdict is subject to appeal.

Charges also include possessing weapons, inciting violence and participating in the slaughtering of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers in Libya in 2015.

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