Cairo court continues to examine evidence in Morsi's Qatar espionage trial

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Jun 2015

Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted in July 2013, faces charges of using his post as president to leak classified documents to Qatar

Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi is seen for the first time wearing a red jumpsuit in court, after he was sentenced to death last week, 21 June, 2015 (Photo: Bassem El-Zoghby)

Cairo Criminal Court resumes on Monday the trial of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and ten others in the Qatar espionage case.

Morsi, who was ousted in July 2013, faces charges of using his post to leak classified documents to Qatar, with the help of aides and Muslim Brotherhood figures.

The court is expected to continue examining evidence and documents on Monday.

The prosecution charged Morsi and the head of his office, Ahmed Abdel-Ati, with leaking secret information on general and military intelligence, the armed forces, its armaments and other state policy secrets to harm the country's vital institutions and state security.

The two are accused of using their positions to pass the files from the presidency offices to Amin El-Serafy, a presidential secretary, who then passed the documents to his daughter Karima.

Karima then handed the documents to a third party that orchestrated a final delivery operation to the Qataris.

The rest of the defendants, who include Ahmed Afify, a documentary producer; Mohamed Kilany, a flight attendant; Ahmed Ismaiel, a teaching assistant; along with Khaled Radwan and Asmaa El-Khatib – both journalists at pro-Brotherhood TV channels – are charged with turning over copies of the classified documents to two individuals on the staff of the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera, and an unknown Qatari intelligence officer.

Three of the defendants are being tried in absentia.

Some of the defendants allegedly asked for a million dollars from the Al-Jazeera editor and the Qatari officer, in return for the information which they gave them along with an offer of more money.

Other charges include leading and joining an outlawed group – the Brotherhood – which aims at changing the regime by force, and attacking army and police posts and public property.

Morsi has been standing in four other trials.

He was recently sentenced to death on charges of murder and attempted murder during a prison break from the Wadi Natroun prison in 2011 which explains why he appears wearing the red uniform reserved for prisoners to be executed.


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