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Morsi jailbreak trial to be televised

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi's trial for breaking out of prison during the 2011 uprising to be aired Tuesday on state-run TV

El-Sayed Gamal El-Deen, Monday 27 Jan 2014
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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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The head of Cairo's criminal court has announced that Tuesday's trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood members will only be aired on state-run TV.

Morsi and the 130 co-defendants stand accused of collaborating with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah to escape from Wadi El-Natroun prison during the January 2011 uprising, as well as attempting to murder police officers.

The defendants include senior Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Saad El-Katatni, Essam El-Erian, Mohamed El-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy.

A number of Hamas and Hezbollah members have also been named among the defendants in the case.

Head of Morsi's defense team Mohamed El-Damaty has requested a permit for 35 lawyers to attend the proceedings on Tuesday. El-Damaty said on Sunday that the permits are expected to be given out on the day of the trial.

Morsi's lawyers from a previous trial on 4 November complained that many of his lawyers were not allowed into court, notably Selim El-Awa, one of Morsi's attorneys and a presidential candidate in the 2012 elections.

The session in November was not aired live on TV. Only brief footage from the courtroom was shown on state-run TV after the trail was adjourned.

The trial witnessed an unexpected very modest number of protesters gathered in front of the court. 

Morsi's November trial was for separate charges of inciting murder and violence during clashes between his supporters and opponents at Ittihadiya presidential palace on 4 December 2012. The clashes resulted in the death of ten people.

The deposed president will also face trial on 16 February over allegations he collaborated with Hamas, Hezbollah and other organisations to commit terrorist acts in Egypt.

Meanwhile, a security source told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website that Tuesday's trial at the police academy in the eastern New Cairo district will see a strong display of security forces -- 50 units of Central Security Forces (CSF) and 75 battle groups, in addition to 50 security vehicles.

Morsi for his part will be transferred by helicopter from Burg Al-Arab prison in Alexandria to the Cairo court.

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Mona Abdel-Aziz, Alex
28-01-2014 01:25am
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We Love you Morsi
You showed us how bad BH and their criminal leaders and how they hijacked merciful Islam. We suggest to go back home to USA and live in peace. Because of you, there are millions who now understand the evil aspects and criminal record of BH. Allah Kabeer.
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Allen
28-01-2014 07:12pm
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Please don't ship your terrorists to the west
Just keep him in YOUR prison system his home is not the US. Nor is his kind wanted in the US.
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Allen
27-01-2014 08:45pm
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He looks so good in a cage.
Keep him there for ever. It's the natural habitat of the brotherhood.
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Aladdin, Egypt
27-01-2014 08:05pm
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My Hero Mr. Morsi
Mr. Morsi with US help have exposed the criminal groups like BH of Kazabeens. Bring Mr. Morsi back is the second phase to split the country. Go home to USA Mr. Morsi and many thanks. It is a big strategic game above our leaders professors, politicians, many doctors, etc.. They are Certified IDIOTS. LOL Allah Akber.
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Khaled
27-01-2014 04:35pm
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Repressive Regime
The modern pharoah's of Egypt think that their worst repression and crime against humanity can silent the Egyptian voices they are fooling themsleve.Their end will not different from Qadaffi and Sadam.No matter how much egpyptian blood you need,people will sacrifice their lives but will not bow down against your repression and crimes.
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Khofo, Giza
27-01-2014 03:40pm
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Thanks Mr. Morsi
You have exposed Brotherhood criminal organization. May Allah bless you ns your masters; USA. Bring you back will split the country as planned by our enemies. It is clear. Wakeup Egyptians to realities and stop acting silly..
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Amir Metwalee
27-01-2014 04:13pm
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Wow!
I can see it now clear! Shame on our polticians, professors, writers, for not finding this fact. We became a ntion of idiots.
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