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Morsi’s Qatar espionage trial postponed to 2 August

Former president was unable to attend due to low blood sugar levels

The Cairo Criminal Court postponed Wednesday the ongoing trial against former president Mohamed Morsi and 10 other defendants to 2 August, as Morsi was unable to attend the session.

The prosecution said Morsi was suffering from low blood sugar levels and followed a physician’s recommendation not to transfer him to the court session.

The presiding judge Mohamed Shereen Fahmy explained the court’s decision to postpone the trial, stating: “It doesn’t work to listen to statements from prosecution witnesses in the absence of one of the accused.”

The next session is scheduled to deal with further accounts by prosecution witnesses.

Meanwhile, yesterday’s session saw the prosecution witnesses’ statements backing the charges of espionage against a group of defendants close to Morsi. The statements claimed some were actively involved in gathering information and handing it over to foreign agents.

Morsi has already received sentences in three other cases. One found him guilty of a prison break during the 25 January Revolution leading to a death sentence; in another case the judges handed him a verdict of life imprisonment on charges of spying for Hamas; while in a third case Morsi was handed a sentence of 20 years imprisonment for his involvement in the Ittihadeya Palace case.

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