Morsi jail break trial to begin late January

Ahram Online, Thursday 2 Jan 2014

Trial of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi for prison escape during 2011 uprising will begin on 28 January

Mohammed Morsi
Nov. 4, 2013 file image made from video provided by Egypt's Interior Ministry shows ousted President Mohammed Morsi, right, speaking from the defendant's cage as he stands with co-defendants in a makeshift courtroom (Photo: AP)

Former president Mohamed Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood members are to face a fresh trial beginning on 28 January, an appeal court in Cairo has announced.

One hundred and thirty Brotherhood members will be tried alongside Morsi, including senior leaders Mohamed Saad El-Katatni, Essam El-Erian, Mohamed El-Beltagy, and Safwat Hegazy.

They are 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 and attempting to murder police officers.

Morsi  is now being held in Borg Al-Arab prison in the coastal city of Alexandria.

In December, prosecutors announced the ousted president would be tried for "collaborating with foreign organisations to commit terrorist acts in Egypt and revealing defence secrets to a foreign country," specifying links with Hamas and Hezbollah between 2005 and 2013.

Morsi is also standing in a separate trial for inciting the murder of protesters in clashes outside the presidential palace in December 2012. The next session in that case is scheduled for 8 January. 

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