Egyptian prosecutors charged former President Mohammed Morsi Saturday with sharing state secrets with Qatar and the Al Jazeera TV network that endangered national security. Several of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed leader’s former aides were also accused of leaking state documents, according to Reuters.
The prosecutor told Agence-France Press that the charge states Morsi "handed over to Qatari intelligence documents linked to national security ... in exchange for $1m (£610,000).”
The documents “exposed humiliating facts and the extent of the largest conspiracy and treason carried out by the terrorist Brotherhood organization against the nation through a network of spies,” according to a statement from the prosecutor reported by Reuters.
Morsi has already been charged with several other crimes, including espionage.
Qatar has long been a backer of the Muslim Brotherhood and consequently relations between the two countries have been shaky since the Egyptian military leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (now president) ousted Morsi in July 2013.
The new government has since been cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood and has named it a terrorist organization.