Former Egyptian President Morsi Gets Life In Prison

Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi and six others were sentenced in an espionage case in Cairo's criminal court Saturday.
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Former Egyptian President Morsi Gets Life In Prison

The latest sentence for Egypt's former President Mohamed Morsi means he'll likely remain behind bars for life.

A 25-year sentence and an additional 15-year sentence — handed down in Cairo's criminal court Saturday — are for a national espionage case, which also involved two Al Jazeera journalists.

Those sentences are on top of more prison time and a death sentence Morsi received for various crimes, including those against the state.

The court also upheld death sentences for the Al Jazeera journalists and four other people. They were convicted of a similar crime as Morsi — leaking Egyptian government documents to Qatar.

While those accused can still appealthe Al Jazeera journalists have been vocal in calling the original sentence an attack on press freedom.

And other humanitarian organizations have also condemned the court cases.

Human Rights Watch said Morsi's sentencing last year had "bias" and was missing "conclusive evidence."

Morsi was put in jail following his removal as president in 2013.

He was criticized in office for not doing enough to help the country's economy and was accused of corruption the year after his election.

This video includes clips from ONTVMekameleen TVAl JazeeraAl BawabaYoum7 and The Arabian Egypt and images from Getty Images.

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