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Morsi and Brotherhood leaders appear in court for espionage trial

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Trial of Brotherhood leadership for espionage is postponed to next week

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted president Mohamed Morsi holds his poster during a rally in Cairo on November 4, 2013 (AFP FilePhoto)

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted president Mohamed Morsi holds his poster during a rally in Cairo on November 4, 2013 (AFP FilePhoto)

A high profile espionage case involving former president Mohamed Morsi was postponed to 28 April on Tuesday.

Morsi, accused of espionage, appeared in court on Tuesday at Cairo’s Police Academy, among 35 defendants also accused in the case.

The Cairo Criminal Court issued a gag order for the trial.

Morsi and leading Muslim Brotherhood members such as Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, his deputies Khairat El-Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat and leaders of the group’s political wing Moahmed Saad Katatni, Mohamed El-Beltagy and Essam El-Erian stand trial for allegedly collaborating with foreign groups.

The defendants stand accused of organising “a plot” with the aid of gr

oups such as Hamas, the ruling party in Palestinian territory, the Gaza Strip, and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. The prosecution statement circulated when the defendants were referred to court in December, describing the trial as “the biggest case of espionage in the history of Egypt”.

Earlier in April Morsi appeared in court for five consecutive days in three separate cases. He is currently named as a defendant in a total of four cases, in which he is accused of breaking out of prison in January 2011, insulting the judiciary and inciting the killing of protesters outside of the presidential palace in December 2012, in addition to the espionage charge.

 

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