Morsi prison break trial adjourned to July 5
Ousted President Mohamed Morsi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Saturday the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 130 other defendants over charges of escaping from the Wadi al-Natroun prison in January 2011 to July 5.

The court decided to exempt Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam el-Erian, one of the defendants, from attending the trial due to his bad health conditions after his lawyer requested on his behalf.

The defendants, including Saad Katatni, former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, and former Brotherhood leaders Mohamed el-Beltagy, Safwat Hegazy and Youssef Qaradawi, are accused of damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder, attempted murder and the looting of prison weapons.

They are also accused of freeing dangerous criminals, including alleged members of Hezbollah, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and jihadists.

The first trial session was held Jan. 28, during which the public prosecution said 800 members of Hamas and Hezbollah committed acts that harmed the sovereignty of the country. The prosecution also alleged Hamas and Hezbollah members fired heavy weapons from the Gaza border and bombed checkpoints and natural gas pipelines during the January 25 Revolution in addition to destroying government facilities.

Twenty-two defendants in the case are imprisoned on remand and the rest are being tried in absentia.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail

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