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Cairo criminal court suspends Morsi's 'espionage trial'

Mohamed Morsi's espionage trial is put on hold as court looks into defence lawyer demands that trial judges be changed

Ahram Online , Thursday 27 Feb 2014
Ousted former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi stands in a cage in a courthouse on the first day of his trial, in Cairo, in this still image taken from video provided by Egypt's Interior Ministry on November 4, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Cairo Criminal Court suspended Thursday afternoon the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 35 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges of espionage.

The suspension is to allow the court to look into defence lawyer demands that trial judges be changed on the basis of claimed faults in trial procedures. The trial was resumed earlier Thursday after it was adjourned Sunday.

Lawyers representing Safwat Hegazy and Mohamed El-Beltagy who said they represent all defendants in the case requested Sunday that the judges in the case be changed.

Morsi and 35 other Brotherhood leading figures stand accused of collaborating with foreign organisations, namely "Hamas in Gaza," to commit acts of terrorism in Egypt, of revealing defence secrets to a foreign country, funding terrorists and organising militant training "to achieve the purpose of the international organisation of the Brotherhood," according to a statement from the prosecution.

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27-02-2014 07:04pm
As long as he is in a cage and isolated.
He won't be leading his terrorists to do more harm to Egypt. The attorney's can play all the games they want. His future is sealed. Meanwhile, as you have less and less brotherhood terrorists on the streets, concentrate on building Egypt, not tearing it down.
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Adly Mansour, Helwan
27-02-2014 02:08pm
Bigger Issue
Mr. Mursi should be treated as a hero for contributed to the demise of BH criminal group. He is probably undercover agent for the West. How silly we are!! LOOL.
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