CAIRO: A court on Saturday sentenced former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi to life in prison in an espionage trial in which six of his co-defendants were handed death penalties.
The court acquitted Mr Morsi of charges of having supplied Qatar with classified documents but sentenced him to life in prison for leading an unlawful organisation, his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud said.
The ousted president was also convicted of having “stolen secret documents concerning state security” and handed another 15-year jail term, the lawyer added.
Prosecutors argued Mr Morsi and his aides were involved in leaking sensitive documents to Qatari intelligence that exposed the location of weapons held by the Egyptian armed forces. Qatar was a main supporter of Mr Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement while he was in power.
The former president has been sentenced to death in a separate trial for his alleged role in prison breaks and attacks on police stations during the 2011 uprising that overthrew veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak.
He has also received a life sentence and a 20-year jail term in two other trials.