Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has been sentenced to life in prison while six of his co-defendants were handed death penalties.
The 64-year-old, who has been sentenced to death in a separate trial, was Egypt’s first democratically elected president but the army overthrew him in 2013 and cracked down on his supporters.
He was given life in prison today for leading an unlawful organisation and 15 years for having ‘stolen secret documents concerning state security,’ his lawyer said.
The six defendants sentenced to death for helping to pass secret documents to Qatar include three journalists tried in absentia.
Morsi came to power after the 2011 revolution that toppled longtime strongman Hosni Mubarak.But after about one year in office, he was overthrown and detained by then-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is now Egypt’s president.