Former Egyptian president's prison sentence reduced by 15 years

Former Egyptian president's prison sentence reduced by 15 years

Egypt has been battling an insurgency by an IS affiliate based in North Sinai since the military's ouster in 2013 of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The Court of Cassation, Egypt's highest appeal court, rejected the former president's appeal and said the ruling is "final and unappealable", state-run MENA news agency reported.

According to the court order, the defendants committed their alleged crimes between the years 2012 and 2016 in Matrouh, Cairo and Alexandria governorates in Egypt, and outside Egypt also.

The documents allegedly include information on general and military intelligence, armed forces and state policy secrets which harm the national security.

Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.

The court on Saturday dismissed an additional sentence of 15 years handed to Morsi for a different charge in the same espionage case, but upheld the 25-year life sentence. Mass trials have been held for thousands of supporters of Muslim Brotherhood, which Morsi was a member of, and hundreds have received death sentences or lengthy prison terms. Morsi was Egypt's first democratically-elected president when he came to power after the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time leader Hosni Mubarak.

The case's documents were referred to the Grand Mufti, who must review all death sentences as per the Egyptian law.

The court also ordered to adjourn the verdict on other 13 defendants in that case to 25 November.

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