Morsi Qatar spying trial adjourned, court examines evidence

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Mar 2015

Former president Mohamed Morsi and ten others are accused of leaking sensitive material to Qatar

ousted president Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)

The espionage trial of former president Mohamed Morsi has been adjourned until 18 March so the court can further examine evidence it began looking at on Monday.

Morsi and ten others stand accused of leaking documents compromising Egyptian national security to Qatari intelligence.  

It is unclear when the prosecution seized these documents.

On Monday, the court looked at some of the documents in question, including a memorandum by the interior ministry on the security situation in North Sinai, according to Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

It also examined a December 2012 report by the National Security Apparatus on the "internal and external security situation," and a list of names and nationalities of people who crossed the Rafah border.

The batch also includes a document on "corruption in the Luxor governorate," a report on a draft law regulating civil society organisations and a report from the administrative control authority on financial violations within the agriculture ministry.

Morsi was ousted in July 2013 and the succeeding government launched a campaign against his Muslim Brotherhood, which it banned and labeled a terrorist organisation.

Hundreds of its members were arrested, including Morsi and other top leaders, and put on trial over various charges, including inciting violence. 

Egypt has accused Qatar of supporting the Brotherhood, especially through its news network Al-Jazeera, but Doha has distanced itself from these claims.

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