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Egypt's Morsi trial over jailbreak kicks off: state TV

English.news.cn   2014-01-28 18:06:03            

CAIRO, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The trial of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 130 others over charges of 2011 jailbreak kicked off in Cairo on Tuesday, state TV reported.

Official news agency MENA reported that Morsi was flown by a helicopter from Borg al-Arab prison in Alexandria to the headquarters of the Police Academy in Cairo where the trial is taking place.

The hearing is being aired live exclusively on State TV.

Morsi stands trial along with more than 130 other Muslim Brotherhood members, and members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas and Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah for storming the Wady al-Natroun prison and kidnapping and killing police officers during the 2011 uprising.

Morsi appeared for the second time in public after being detained since his ouster on July 3, 2013.

On his first appearance in court on last Nov. 4, Morsi insisted from behind the bars that he was still the "legitimate president of Egypt."

"This session is procedural and the defense team will ask for postponement to study the case documents," Aly Kamal, member of the lawyers defending Morsi told state-run Ahram website.

Outside the courtroom, security measures were beefed up and more than 60 armored vehicles and 8,000 security personnel have been deployed, the state TV report added.

More than 20,000 prisoners escaped from the prisons in 2011, and investigations revealed that contacts were made among Brotherhood leaders, the ousted president, Islamist Hamas movement and Hezbollah to spread chaos, storm prisons and train militants in Egypt.

Editor: Yang Yi
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