Cairo Appeals Court rejects MB request for new judge
MB leader Salah Sultan (L) in his prison - YOUM7/Maher Malak

CAIRO: A Cairo appeals court rejected Wednesday to recuse the presiding judges in three cases involving ousted president Mohamed Morsi and other senior Muslim Brotherhood (MB) leaders.

Salah Sultan, a prominent MB leader had requested the recusal of the head of Giza Criminal Court Judge Mohamed Shehata, claiming that the court had a premeditated opinion of the defendants, and that one judge had publically stated his opinion about one of them.

Morsi his co-defendants face charges of collaborating with Hamas to commit acts of terrorism in Egypt and training militants.

During the second hearing in the said case held at the Police Academy on Feb. 23, the defense of Mohamed el-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy demanded the recusal of the presiding judges due to alleged conflicts of interest.

The defendants also face charges in a separate case; Morsi along with other 130 MB affiliates are charged with escaping from Wadi Natroun prison during the January 25 Revolution. They are also charged with “carrying out a plot to bring down the Egyptian state and its institutions.”

Several members of Hamas and Hezbollah were tried with Morsi mostly in absentia. They were accused of storming the prison and kidnapping and killing police officers.

The third case involves the Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie along with 51 other co-defendants facing charges of forming an operation room to defy the government following the dispersal of sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square in August 2013.

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