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.