Qatar condemns Egypt's verdict in Al-Jazeera espionage case

June 19, 2016 11:43 AM

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Qatar condemns Egypt's verdict in Al-Jazeera espionage case

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Qatar has condemned Egypt's sentencing to death of six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of President Mohammed Morsi.

Saturday's verdicts, which can be appealed, have further enflamed tensions between the two countries. Qatar was a major backer of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group before he was overthrown by the military in July 2013. Egypt now considers the Brotherhood a terrorist group.

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