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Former Egyptian president's prison sentence reduced by 15 years

17 September 2017, 12:59 | Terri Saunders

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Egypt court upholds life sentence for jailed president

An Egyptian court has upheld a life sentence imposed on ouster Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, his lawyer confirmed today.

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.

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.

Morsi served as Egypt's first democratically-elected president after the fall of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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.

He has been sentenced separately to 20 years in prison over deadly clashes between protesters and security forces outside his palace in December 2012.

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The Egyptian Court of Cassation's ruling, which reduced Morsi's original sentence in the case by 15 years, is final.

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

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

The case's documents were referred to the Grand Mufti, who must review all death sentences as per the Egyptian law.

The defendants are charged with joining a terrorist cell in Egypt's governorate of Marsa Matrouh affiliated with the Libya Daesh militant group. His decision, however, is not binding.

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



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