Morsi’s espionage trial postponed to April 22
Former president Mohamed Morsi During His Trial - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Wednesday the trial of former President Mohamed Morsi and 35 Muslim Brotherhood leaders to April 22 over charges of espionage with foreign organizations.

The court decided to postpone the trial session to meet the defense team’s demands which includes assigning a technical team to check the exhibits of the case and sending some defendants to Tora Prison Hospital for medical checks, Youm7 reported.

The defendants are charged with revealing secrets related to national security and coordinating with Jihadist organizations to commit violence.

The defense team filed a lawsuit to the Cairo Criminal Court against the deputy minister for prisoners sector Mohamed Ratteb and the head of detectives Mohamed Khelousy and many others, claiming that the defendant Farid Ismail has been tortured.

Defense team member Osama al-Helw also demanded that Khairat al-Shater, Essam al-Erian and Essam al-Haded be sent to Qasr al-Einy Hospital so that medical staff can determine whether or not they were tortured.

In late March, the Ministry of Interior released a video containing alleged confessions of Muslim Brotherhood member Ahmed Abdou Ali Afifi, regarding additional espionage charges. In the video, Afifi says Morsi gave him documents to transfer to the Qatari-owned network Al-Jazeera.

Additionally reporting by Mohamed Abdel Razeek and Ahmed Ismail

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