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Ex-Egyptian president Morsi sentenced

dpadpa 18/06/2016

Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi will be in jail for 40 years after being sentenced by a Cairo court.

Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to a total of 40 years in prison on charges of leaking secret state documents to Qatar when he was in office.

The decision was made by the Cairo Criminal Court, which announced two separate jail terms of 25 years and another of 15 years against Morsi on different counts.

The court also upheld preliminary death sentences given last month to six defendants in the same case.

The rulings against Morsi and other defendants can be appealed.

Qatar is a key ally of Morsi's now-banned Muslim Brotherhood.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was toppled by the military in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

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