On Monday, Egypt’s security authorities continued questioning defendants in a case widely known as “Qatar’s Espionage”.
Investigations carried out by the Supreme State Security Prosecution revealed that some of the defendants in the “Qatar’s Espionage” case admitted to conspiring to pass top-secret government documents to Qatar during the reign of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
The list of defendants include former president Mohamed Morsi, his office director Ahmed Abdel-Ati, and nine others.
On Saturday, the Public Prosecutor’s office dubbed the case as the “largest conspiracy and treason carried out by the terrorist Brotherhood organization against the nation through a network of spies.”
“Some of those documents exposed the location of weapons held by the Egyptian armed forces and detailed the country’s foreign and domestic policies,” said the prosecution in a statement.
Security sources had said last month that Egypt was investigating Morsi’s connection with leaked state documents to Qatar and its satellite news channel Al Jazeera.
Last Saturday, Morsi was officially charged with endangering Egyptian national security by revealing to Qatar sensitive information regarding the state.
Morsi has already been the target of several criminal probes, including ordering the killing of protesters who eventually ousted him from office.
He is also tried in another espionage case for passing information to the Gaza-based Islamist group Hamas, which developed as a military wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in the Gaza Strip during the 1970s and 1980s.
In case of their conviction, the defendants may face charges of high treason, which is punishable by death according to Egyptian law.