Egypt court overturns Morsi’s life sentence

Cairo, Nov 22 (IANS) An Egyptian court on Tuesday overturned the life sentence of former President Mohamed Morsi in the Hamas espionage case and ordered a retrial, the media reported.

The Court of Cassation, the highest degree court in Egypt, has ordered that Morsi and 21 co-defendants, including the supreme guide of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie, will also be retried, Xinhua news agency reported.

Morsi was sentenced to life imprisonment for 25 years in June last year for allegedly delivering secret documents to Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanese Hezbollah group and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

The court last week overturned the only death sentence against Morsi in a jailbreak case. Morsi no longer faces execution.

Morsi, the first democratically elected President after the 2011 revolution, was overthrown by the army in response to mass protests against his one year rule in July 2013.

The ousted President has received several jail sentences in other cases related to spying and espionage, against which he has appealed.