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Egypt Condemns Seven To Death Over IS Links, Beheadings

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The court has set a November 25 date for issuing the final verdict in the case which involves 20 defendants

An Egyptian court has sentenced seven people to death over links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group in Libya.

Egypt's Court of Cassation on Saturday reduced Mursi's sentence in the Qatar case to 25 years in its final ruling, from an original 40 years.

Death sentences in Egypt are subject to review by the country's mufti as the official interpreter of Islamic law, although his verdict is not legally binding.

The court of cassation upheld a life sentence first passed in June 2016 on the charge of leading an illegal group but threw out a 15-year sentence on the charge of having stolen secret documents, his lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsud told AFP.

The documents allegedly include information on general and military intelligence, armed forces and state policy secrets which harm the national security.

The court on Saturday dismissed an additional sentence of 15 years handed to Morsi for a different charge in the same espionage case, but upheld the 25-year life sentence.

Morsi is already serving a 20-year sentence after being convicted for the killing of protesters during demonstrations in 2012.

He narrowly won the vote but was soon accused of failing to represent all Egyptians and of trampling the ideals of the anti-Mubarak uprising.

Of the seven defendants, three were sentenced to death in absentia, the officials said.

Morsi, democratically elected after Egypt's 2011 revolution, was removed from his position in mid-2013 by a coup led by Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief of the time.

The defendants were accused of joining IS military training camps in Libya and Syria and the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians working in Libya.

The court will give its final sentence against another 13 accused with the same charges in November 25.

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