Morsi to face trial on charges of conspiracy, terrorism

Morsi to face trial on charges of conspiracy, terrorism
Thu Dec 19, 2013 13:25:50

Deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi will face trial on charges of harming national security by conspiring with foreign groups, said a state prosecutor Wednesday.

Egypt's public prosecutor ordered Morsi and 35 co-accused to stand trial on charges including conspiring with foreign organizations to commit terrorist acts in Egypt and divulging military secrets to a foreign state.

The prosecution also alleged Muslim Brotherhood involvement in a surge of attacks on soldiers and police following Morsi's overthrow, centred mostly in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

Prosecutors say the intention of the attacks was to "bring back the deposed president and to bring Egypt back into the Muslim Brotherhood's grip".

The date for the trial is to be announced.

The trial appears to stem from an investigation into prison breaks during a 2011 uprising against Mubarak, when Morsi and other prisoners escaped.

Prosecutors have alleged the jailbreaks were carried out by Palestinian group of Hamas.

Morsi, toppled by the military in July, is being tried in another case related to alleged incitement to protester deaths when he was in office.

Morsi was also accused on Wednesday of divulging "secrets of defense to foreign countries" and "funding terrorism for militant training to fulfill the goals of the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood", according to a prosecutor document.


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