Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi Sentenced To Life In Prison
Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to life imprisonment following an espionage trial in an Egyptian court.
Mr. Morsi was deposed as Egypt’s head of state in 2013 following intense public demonstrations against his rule and religious policies. He was one of seven people sentenced for allegedly passing state secrets to Qatar, according to The Independent newspaper in the United Kingdom.
Amnesty International condemned all these trials as “fundamentally unfair.” Included within these trials were two Al Jazeera journalists who were sentenced to death in absentia.
Prior to this trial, Mr. Morsi was already sentenced to death and life imprisonment in separate court cases, according to the BBC.
The verdict of Mr. Morsi’s trial follows intense criticism from the public that the Egyptian judicial system is corrupt. The BBC reports that “tens of thousand of people are believed to have been jailed by Egyptian authorities, most of them supporters of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.”