Detention of deposed President Mohamed Morsi has been extended for 30 days by a Cairo appeals court on charges of prison escape and espionage, according to state-run Al-Ahram.
Morsi is accused of orchestrating an escape from Wadi Al-Natrun Prison in Beheira Governate during the 2011 uprising that overthrew long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak as president.
According to the complaint, Morsi conspired with Palestinian group Hamas to break out of prison with other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, destroying police documents and killing prison security in the process.
The detainment of Brotherhood leaders Sobhi Saleh, Hamdy Hassan and Saad El-Husseini has been extended for 15 days in the same case.
During the 28 January 2011 prison break, 11,000 inmates escaped Wadi Al-Natrun Prison, and 13 people were killed in the process.
Morsi appeared in court on 4 November, along with 14 other defendants, on separate charges of inciting the killing of protestors outside the Presidential Palace in December 2012. The case has been adjourned until 8 January at the behest of the defendants’ legal counsel. If convicted, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president could face the death penalty.