The Giza Criminal Court referred six people to Egypt’s Grand Mufti to advise on their death sentences in the Qatar espionage case. The six defendants include Ahmed Afifi, Mohamed Kilany, Ahmed Ismail, Asmaa Al-Khatib, Alaa Sablan, and Ibrahim Helal.
The court postponed the final verdict for the rest of the defendants to 18 June.
After more than 80 trial sessions, former president Mohamed Morsi will receive a verdict.
Morsi and the other defendants are accused of leaking national security documents and information related to national security to Qatar during Morsi’s presidency.
In September 2014, late prosecutor general Hisham Barakat had referred the defendants to criminal court on charges of illegally obtaining copies of intelligence and confidential reports on the armed forces’ plans. They were also accused of intending to deliver the documents to the Qatari satellite network Al Jazeera.
Morsi received his first prison sentence in the “Presidential Palace clashes” case. He was sentenced to 20 years for inciting violence.
He also received both a death sentence and a life sentence in both the Hamas espionage trial and the prison break trial.