Morsi espionage trial adjourned to May 17
Former president Mohamed Morsi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court decided Tuesday to postpone the trial of former President Mohamed Morsi and several Muslim Brotherhood leaders to May 17 over charges of espionage.

The postponement came to enlist the services of a technical committee from the Egyptian Radio and Television Union to examine CDs submitted by prosecutors during Tuesday ‘s session.

The defendants include ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 35 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders who are accused of collaborating with foreign organizations to commit acts of terrorism in Egypt, revealing national security secrets to a foreign country, funding terrorists and organizing military training “to achieve the purposes of the international organization of the Brotherhood”.

Nineteen of the defendants, including Morsi, are in custody while the other 17 are being tried in absentia.

Morsi is being tried in four separate cases. He is charged with escaping from Wadi al-Natroun prison during the January 25 Revolution, complicity in killing protesters outside Ithadeya presidential palace, insulting the judiciary, and espionage.

The Minya court issued on April 28 its final death sentence to 38 Brotherhood defendants, and sentenced 490 others to 25 years in prison.

The 528 were originally sentenced to the death penalty on charges of killing the deputy head of the Matai police station in Minya on Aug. 14, 2013, although 382 were tried in absentia. 

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