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    Egyptian Court Adjourns Ruling on Ex-President Morsi Espionage Charges

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    A Cairo criminal court on Saturday adjourned until May 7 awarding a sentence on espionage charges against the Egyptian ex-president Mohammed Morsi.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Morsi and 10 co-defendants are accused of leaking classified documents to Qatari intelligence in order to undermine so-called Egyptian unity.

    The sentence that may be announced next month would become the third for the former Egyptian leader after last year he was given a life sentence on charges of spying for foreign intelligence and sentenced to death over a mass jailbreak incident in 2011 during political demonstrations that contributed to the resignation of then-president Hosni Mubarak.

    Morsi, now 64, won the presidential election in Egypt in 2012 to become the first democratically elected president of the country. The following year, he was ousted by the Egyptian military after large anti-government protests.


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