Morsi could face death sentence over leaking secret document charges

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi may face death sentence on charges of leaking national security documents to Qatar, the official MENA news agency reported on Sunday, citing a judiciary source.

The former president along with 10 others will face trial over charges of handing national security files to the Qatari intelligence and Doha-based Al-Jazeera news channel under orders from the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood.

“The indictment issued by the public prosecution has included a number of charges under the penal code that can be punished by the death penalty,” the source said.

Relations between Qatar and Egypt have been tense since mid- 2013, when Morsi was toppled by the army after massive protests against his rule.

Qatar is a key ally of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which was designated as a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government in December last year.

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