Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is facing fresh charges of handing over state secrets to Qatar. Morsi, the deposed leader of the banned Muslim Brotherhood party, is currently in jail under investigation over inciting violence.
Relations between Qatar and Egypt have been icy since July 2013, when then-Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi toppled Mursi after mass unrest against his rule.
In June 2013 Egypt was investigating Mursi in documents leaked case, they found that:
- Mursi was responsible for sharing state secrets to Qatar and its satellite news channel Al Jazeera through a network of spies.
- Some of those documents exposed the location and weapons held by the Egyptian armed forces and detailed the country’s foreign and domestic policies.
Al Jazeera, which has been banned from Egypt, has denied any bias in reporting events there or any role in aiding the Brotherhood.
Egypt and Muslim Brotherhood:
Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of Brotherhood supporters during protests against Mursi’s ouster and thousands of others have been jailed.
Egypt’s oldest Islamist movement, once among Egypt’s most formidable political forces, has been branded a terrorist group and its assets have been seized by the state. The Brotherhood formally renounced violence as a means of political change decades ago and has denied any role in more recent bloodshed.
Morsi was the first democratically elected president in Egypt’s history.
Egypt has jailed three Al Jazeera journalists for up to 10 years on charges of aiding “a terrorist group” by broadcasting misinformation that harmed national security.
The military-backed government defends its actions by arguing that it simply wants to restore order and fulfilling its duty toward war on terrorism.