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Cairo Criminal Court releases Morsi’s former manpower minister

The former manpower minister was part of former prime minister Hisham Kandil's government

Cairo Criminal Court decided on Tuesday to release Mohamed Morsi’s former manpower minister Khalid Al-Azhari, after he faced charges of inciting riots following the dispersal of the Al-Nahda Square sit-in, state-run Akhbar Al-Youm reported.

The former manpower minister was part of former prime minister Hisham Kandil’s government. Al-Azhari faced several charges, including inciting riots and preventing fire engines from reaching the Giza Governorate’s office, which was set on fire following the 2013 dispersal.

The release decision included imposing “precautionary measures” on Al-Azhari, according to state-run Akhbar Al-Youm.

A number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and Morsi, are defendants in several other cases. Charges include espionage, prison break, insulting the judiciary, and inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012. Their trials have faced repeated delays.

Al-Azhari was arrested in the village of Teresa outside Cairo on 29 August 2013. Mohamed Badie was arrested from a Nasr City apartment on 20 August 2013, while Morsi has been detained since his 3 July 2013 ouster.

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