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Morsi’s Qatar espionage trial postponed to Wednesday

Court resumes unsealing case exhibits

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

The Cairo Criminal Court postponed Tuesday the trial session against former president Mohamed Morsi and 10 other defendants, accused of espionage with Qatar, to a Wednesday session.

The session was held to resume the unsealing of exhibits in the case in the session, as Morsi and his fellow accused stand charged on several counts. These include spying and leaking confidential general and military intelligence documents to Qatari intelligence and Qatari satellite channel Al Jazeera.

Egyptian-Qatari ties have been strained since Morsi’s ouster, with Egypt accusing Qatar of supporting the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, and using Al Jazeera news network for this aim. However, Saudi-brokered reconciliation efforts between the two countries calmed the tensions recently.

The recent military operations in Yemen saw both countries joining the same side as part of the coalition that Saudi Arabia leads.

Morsi received his first prison sentence in the Presidential Palace Clashes case, where he was handed 20 years for inciting and demonstrating violence.

The former president also stands trial in several cases, including: another espionage case, escaping from prison during the 25 January Revolution, and insulting the judiciary.


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