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Egypt court gives Mursi life in prison in espionage case: state TV
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A file photo of former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi. (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)

A file photo of former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi. (AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli)

Cairo, Reuters—An Egyptian court sentenced former President Mohamed Mursi to a life sentence of 25 years in prison on Tuesday in a case related to conspiring with foreign groups.

The general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie was also sentenced to 25 years in jail in the same case. In total, 17 were given life sentences, including senior Brotherhood figures Essam El-Erian and Saad El-Katatni.

The court also sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat El-Shater, Mohamed El-Beltagy and Ahmed Abdelaty to death in the same case. Death sentences were also handed to 13 other defendants in absentia. The verdicts can be appealed.

The judge is expected, after a short recess, to give a ruling in a case related to a 2011 mass jail break.

The court last month sought the death penalty for Mursi after he and his fellow defendants, including Brotherhood leader Badie, were convicted of killing and kidnapping policemen, attacking police facilities and breaking out of jail during the uprising against then-president Hosni Mubarak.

The Islamist Mursi was Egypt’s was overthrown by the army in 2013 following mass protests against his one-year rule.

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