18 December 2013

Egypt: Mursi to Stand Trial for Spying and Terrorism

Photo: Ahmed Hamed/Aswat Masriya
Opponents of President Mohamed Mursi rallied in Tahrir Square (file photo)

Egypt's prosecutor general referred deposed President Mohamed Mursi and top Muslim Brotherhood leaders to trial on Wednesday on charges of "terrorism and espionage."

The defendants in this case include the Brotherhood's Chief Guide Mohamed Badie, top leaders of the group Khairat al-Shater, Mahmoud Ezzat, Essam al-Erian and others.

The charges include collaborating with foreign organisations with the aim of committing terrorist acts inside Egypt, disclosing national defence information and funding military training for the Brotherhood's international organisation.

Mursi, who hails from the Islamist group, was ousted by the military on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.

The deposed president is currently detained at Alexandria's Borg al-Arab prison. He is also being tried over the Ittihadiya Palace violent confrontations for incitment of murder and violence.

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