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Morsi espionage trail postponed

Ousted president rejected trail, describing political situation as “coup”

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi (AFP FILE PHOTO / TAREK EL-GABASS)
Ousted president Mohamed Morsi

By Nada Nader

The Cairo Criminal Court postponed to 28 February former president Mohamed Morsi’s trial, on charges of spying and “leaking confidential documents [belonging to] general and military intelligence”, state media reported.

Sunday’s postponement came following the defence’s request to further study the case files.

The allegedly leaked documents include data about the armed forces and the headquarters of military camps, and were allegedly leaked “to Qatar’s intelligence and the Qatari satellite TV channel Al Jazeera”.

Morsi mocked the court and rejected all the charges, describing the political situation as a “coup”.

The defendants also include 10 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The defendants in the trail, which took place at Cairo’s Police Academy, denied all charges. Some have maintained they were tortured. State media reported that they also chanted for Morsi.

State media further reported that the judge refused to comment on Morsi’s “insults to the court”.

Morsi has been in custody since his ouster by the military in July 2013. Until his first appearance in court on 4 November, his place of detention was unknown.


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