Egyptian court set May 16 for a verdict in the espionage trial of ousted president Mohammad Mursi

January 31, 2015 5:37 pm
An Egyptian court set May 16 for a verdict in the espionage trial of
ousted president Mohammad Mursi, who could be sentenced to death if
convicted, an official said Saturday.
Mursi, toppled by former
army chief and now President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in 2013, faces several
trials along with top leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood.
In this
case, he and 35 others are charged with being part of a vast conspiracy
to destabilize involving foreign powers, the Palestinian Islamist
group Hamas, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.

Egypt’s ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi sits in the defendant
cage in the Police Academy courthouse during a court hearing on charges
of inciting the murder of his opponents, in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Nov.
3, 2014. (File Photo: AP)

Separately,
another court is to deliver a verdict on April 21 in the trial of Mursi
and 14 others for inciting the killing of protesters in clashes outside
the presidential palace in December 2012.
That will be the first
in any of the cases against Mursi, who also faces a third trial for
breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising that toppled president
Hosni Mubarak.
Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, was
ousted after only a year in office following protests in which millions
took to the streets accusing him of monopolizing power and demanding
his resignation.
Since then, a government crackdown on his supporters has left more than 1,400 people dead.
Thousands
more Mursi supporters have been imprisoned, and dozens sentenced to
death after speedy trials the United Nations has called “unprecedented
in recent history”.

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