On Saturday former president of Egypt, Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to life in prison for leading an unlawful organization.
Morsi who was charged for supplying Qatar with classified documents was acquitted on that count. He was however given a life sentence for his role in leading an illegal organization.
His lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud gave AFP details about his sentence. Maksoud added that he was also convicted and given 15 years for being in possession of stolen secret documents concerning state security.
He also received another life sentence and a 20-year sentence in other trials.
The court gave six co-defendants death sentences including three journalists. Two of the journalists were identified as Ibrahim Mohamed Hilal and Alaa Omar Mohamed Sablan who both work for Al-Jazeera channel. The two journalists who were not in court were sentenced to death in absentia.
The Egyptian government has not cloaked its resentment of the Qatari-based network, accusing them of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi.
The third journalist was identified as Asmaa Mohamed al-Khatib, a female reporter for news outlet Rassd. Rassd was a big supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The sentences have been sent to the Egyptian Grand Mufti, Shawqi Allam who interprets Islamic law. The verdicts can be appealed.
Mohammed Morsi was Egypt’s first democratically elected head of state. He served as president from 30 June 2012 to 3 July 2013, before he was ousted in a coup d’etat.
Morsi turned out to be unlike what Egyptias wanted in a new leader, there were complaints of journalist prosecution as well as skepticism over his decision to grant himself unlimited legal right which was not subject to judicial review. This eventually led the military to take matters in their hands.