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Egypt's Morsi to stand trial for espionage on 16 Feb

Deposed president Mohamed Morsi and 35 co-defendants are ordered by Cairo appeal court to stand trial for espionage on 16 February

Elsayed Gamal Eldeen, Tuesday 21 Jan 2014
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Egyptians watch TV showing the trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, November 4, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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A Cairo appeal court ordered on Tuesday deposed president Mohamed Morsi to stand trial on 16 February over allegations he collaborated with Hamas, Hezbollah and other organisations to commit terrorist acts in Egypt.

According to an earlier statement by the prosecutor-general's office, Morsi and 35 co-defendants – including prominent members of his Muslim Brotherhood and former presidential advisers – all face trial for allegedly collaborating with foreign organisations to commit acts of terror in Egypt, revealing defence secrets to a foreign country, funding terrorists, and military training "to achieve the purposes of the international organisation of the Brotherhood."

The statement specifically accused Brotherhood leaders of collaborating with Gaza rulers Hamas, Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah and other organisations "inside and outside" Egypt to smuggle arms, organise military training for group members in the Gaza Strip, and fund a scheme to stir chaos and threaten national security in Egypt.

Prosecutors also accuse the Brotherhood of sponsoring terrorist attacks against army and police targets in the Sinai Peninsula -- which borders Israel and Gaza -- following Morsi's ouster.

Hamas leaders have frequently denied being linked to any unrest in Egypt.

The statement added that Morsi's presidential aides, including his national security advisor Essam El-Haddad, had divulged secret reports to the international organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards as well as Hezbollah in return for their cooperation in terrorist operations.

The charges against the defendants span the period between 2005 and 2013.

Nineteen of the defendants, including Morsi, are already behind bars. The prosecutor has issued an arrest warrant for the remaining 17.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely-elected president and a Brotherhood leader, was ousted on 3 July by the military amid mass protests against his troubled one-year rule.

He currently stands trial for incitement to murder and violence during clashes between his supporters and opponents at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace on 4 December 2012. The clashes resulted in the murder of eight people, including at least four Brotherhood members.

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John
22-01-2014 07:29am
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Not fair
Who gona trial sisi and masoor?who are murderer 10000peoples?
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Allen
22-01-2014 07:15am
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The man looks perfect!!!!!!!
Behind a cage where he belongs. Thank you Gen Sisi...
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Jon
21-01-2014 11:33pm
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Guilty!
Morsi is undoubtedly guilty in espionage: 1) He spoke to foreigners - he had even lived abroad 2) He owned both a computer and a mobile phone 3) He looks very innocent - typical for spies 4) He denies his guilt. Also typical. 5) He won a presidential election. That was clever, but he doesn't fool us. No, let us have av good, old honest military dictator instead.
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Omar, Tanta
21-01-2014 03:17pm
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Double Agent
He is innocent! It is hard to prosecute him for his loyalty to BH and USA. Thanks Mr. Morsi for exposing BH of Kazabeens. LOLt
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Khaled
21-01-2014 02:32pm
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Foolish
This is sort of foolish allegations and foolish crimes only a dictator can level against the its oponents. This only shows that current regime Army+Judiciary+media alliance is worst in Egyptian history.
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Nadia
21-01-2014 04:28pm
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You are wrong. The worst regime in Egyptian history was the previous one led by Morsy and his ekhwan mafia.
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