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Egypt court suspends Morsi's espionage trial

English.news.cn   2014-02-27 18:45:30            

CAIRO, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Cairo Criminal Court decided on Thursday to suspend the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 35 others charged with espionage to study requests to change the judges panel, state-run MENA news agency reported.

The defense demanded the court dissolve the judges panel, arguing the panel was biased. Morsi's Monday trial over jailbreak charges was suspended for the same reason.

Morsi has been charged with breaking out of jail with the assistance of domestic and foreign forces during the Jan. 25 uprising in 2011.

Morsi also appeared in court on charges of spying for foreign groups including the Palestinian Hamas movement to support terrorism in Egypt.

The other defendants included Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Mohamed Badie and his two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat.

Morsi also faces charges for the killing of protesters during his one-year presidency. He is also expected to go on trial for " insulting the judiciary," but no date has yet been set for that case.

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Egypt court suspends Morsi's jailbreak trial

CAIRO, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Cairo Criminal Court decided on Monday to suspend the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and some 130 others over charges of 2011 jailbreak, for studying requests to change the judges panel, official news agency MENA reported.

The defending team asked for the judges panel to recuse itself, deeming it as biased.Full story

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