23 August 2014

Egypt: Mursi Prison Break Trial Resumes

Cairo — The Cairo Criminal Court will resume on Saturday the trial of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and 130 others for escaping from the Wadi al-Natroun prison.

The Muslim Brotherhood leaders are accused of collaborating with international bodies, the Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah, to escape prison during the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.

The court is expected to resume hearing witnesses' testimonies on Saturday.

The defendants are charged with murder and attempted murder of policemen, torching government buildings, breaking into prison and helping prisoners escape. Some of the defendants, including members of Hamas and Hezbollah, are being tried in absentia.

The former president, ousted since July 2013, is implicated in a group of other court cases. He is being tried for inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace during his tenure in December 2012, insulting the judiciary, and espionage.

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