The Cairo Criminal Court decided to postpone the trial of former President Mohamed Morsi and 35 Muslim Brotherhood leaders on charges of espionage to Sept. 14. The court lifted the publishing ban on the case.
The defendants are accused of collaborating with foreign organizations to execute 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 Muslim Brotherhood.”
19 of the defendants, including Morsi, are in custody while the other 17 are being tried in absentia.
Morsi is being tried in three other cases, in which he is charged with escaping from Wadi al-Natroun Prison during the January 25 Revolution, complicity in killing protesters outside Ithadeya presidential palace and insulting judiciary bodies.
The judge, in the trial of 36 Brotherhood members in Qena governorate, recused himself from considering the case due to “feelings of embarrassment”.The trial was held Sunday in the Naga’aHamadi Criminal Court.
Thirty out of the 36 defendants are being tried in absentia as they are still at large, while only six attended the hearing.
The defendants are accused of incidents dating back to August 16, 2013, when a number of Brotherhood members threw Molotov Cocktails at the veterinary unitin Northern Qenaand attempted storming a police station and a church there.
Also, the Cairo Criminal Court delayed the case known as Rafah’s second massacre to August 18, in which Islamist Jihadist Adel Habara and 34 other co-defendants are being tried for their alleged involvement in killing 25 junior policemen in northern Sinai in August 2013, Youm7 reported.
The 35 suspects are accused of committing terrorist attacks in Sinai and Cairo, espionage, vandalism of public properties, and conspiring with the Al-Qaeda militant group in Iraq.
Habara has already been given the death sentence in absentia for killing soldiers in the Nile Delta last year.In May 7, Habara was sentenced to two years in prison for insulting the court during a hearing in which he repeated phrases disagreeing with the court.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail, Hend el-Maghraby and Mohamed Abdel Raziq