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Qatar espionage trial postponed to 8 August

Defendants, who include former president, were unable to attend Sunday’s trial session

The Cairo Criminal Court postponed Sunday the ongoing trial against former president Mohamed Morsi and 10 other defendants to 8 August. The trial was postponed as defendants were unable to attend the session, and to continue hearing witnesses’ testimonies.

In the previous session, Morsi was also unable to attend, due to poor health. The prosecution said the former president was suffering from low blood sugar levels and followed a physician’s recommendation not to transfer him to the court session.

Prosecution witness statements during the previous session supported the espionage charges against a group of defendants close to Morsi, and claimed some were actively involved in gathering information and handing it over to foreign agents.

The defendants stand accused of several charges, including spying and leaking confidential general and military intelligence documents to Qatari intelligence and Qatari satellite channel Al Jazeera.

Morsi has already received sentences in three other cases. He was found guilty of prison break during the 25 January Revolution, which led to a his receiving 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 20-year prison sentence for his involvement in the Ittihadeya Palace case.

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