Egypt court sentences 7 to death over links to ISIS

Egypt court sentences 7 to death over links to ISIS

He was removed from office in a coup led by former head of the armed forces and current President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

The Cairo Court of Appeal chose to uphold a lifetime sentence on Saturday against former Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi and six others, previously issued by Criminal Court, on charges of espionage with Qatar.

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.

The court has referred the case to Grand Mufti, the country's highest Islamic official who will give the religious judgment of all preliminary death sentences.

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.

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

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Morsi received the original sentence in June 2016 after being found guilty of using his post to leak classified documents to Qatar and selling them to al-Jazeera channel.

He came to power after Egypt's long-time president Hosni Mubarak was toppled in an uprising in 2011. His decision, however, is not binding.

The court also ordered to adjourn the verdict on other 13 defendants in that case to 25 November. However, the verdict can be appealed.

The defendants were accused of joining IS military training camps in Libya and Syria and the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians working in Libya.

The Egyptian government has been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters since the ouster of Morsi, which left thousands in jail, and hundreds facing trials on a variety of charges.

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