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

  • Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, wearing a red jumpsuit that designates he has been sentenced to death, raises his hands inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 18, 2016. An Egyptian court has sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, the case's top defendant, was also sentenced on Saturday to 25 years in prison. He was ousted by the military in July 2013, and has already been sentenced to death in other cases. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, wearing a red jumpsuit that designates he has been sentenced to death, raises his hands inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 18, 2016. An Egyptian court has sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, the case's top defendant, was also sentenced on Saturday to 25 years in prison. He was ousted by the military in July 2013, and has already been sentenced to death in other cases. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, listens to his verdict inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 18, 2016. An Egyptian court has sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, the case's top defendant, was also sentenced on Saturday to 25 years in prison. He was ousted by the military in July 2013, and has already been sentenced to death in other cases. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, listens to his verdict inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 18, 2016. An Egyptian court has sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. Morsi, the case's top defendant, was also sentenced on Saturday to 25 years in prison. He was ousted by the military in July 2013, and has already been sentenced to death in other cases. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former employees of the Egyptian presidency under ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi give the four-fingered symbol of Rabaah that refers to the deadly dispersal of Morsi supporters in August 2013, inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 18, 2016. An Egyptian court has sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Morsi. The former president, the case's top defendant, was also sentenced on Saturday to 25 years in prison. He was ousted by the military in July 2013, and has already been sentenced to death in other cases. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Former employees of the Egyptian presidency under ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi give the four-fingered symbol of Rabaah that refers to the deadly dispersal of Morsi supporters in August 2013, inside a defendants cage in a makeshift courtroom at the national police academy, in an eastern suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, June 18, 2016. An Egyptian court has sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Morsi. The former president, the case's top defendant, was also sentenced on Saturday to 25 years in prison. He was ousted by the military in July 2013, and has already been sentenced to death in other cases. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

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.

In a statement on Qatar's state news agency late Saturday, the Foreign Ministry said the verdict contains misleading claims about Qatar and lacks a "proper sense of justice."

Egypt's Foreign Ministry fired back, accusing Qatar of backing "hostile" media outlets.