Court listens to former chief of state security in Morsi’s prison break case
Former president Mohamed Morsi and MB leaders on the first day of Morsi's trial - REUTERS

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court resumed Wednesday the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 130 other co-defendants over Wadi el-Natroun prison break, You7 reported.

Today’s session was dedicated to hear the testimony of Hassan Abdel Rahman, former chief of state security,

During the session, Abdel Rahman said “agents” form the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and the Bedouins of Sinai were involved in breaking Wadi el-Natroun prison during the 25 January Revolution.

These groups had an access to the database of the national homeland security, he added.

Abdel Rahman stated that on Jan.29 some Palestinians and members of the Lebanese Hezbollah arranged with Sinai Bedouins to enter Egypt through Sinai borders, and launched a severe attack on security institutions in South Sinai and stolen military equipments and ammunitions, Al-Masry Al-Youm added.

“They were able to reach Ismailia, and from a group that headed to Beheira where they coordinated with MB members in planning the attack on Wadi el-Natroun prison, in addition to heading to Abu Zaabal and Marag prisons, successfully liberating a number of prisoners who belong to those groups such as Hezbollah’s Sami Shehab and Hamas member Ayman Nofal,” Abdel Rahman added.

In an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm in 2011 following his escapade, Nofal, a member of Hamas’ military wing, the Qassam Brigades, had stated that he had been able to organize the prison break in Marag with Hamas by phones that were with some prisoners from Hezbollah.

Morsi did not attend Wednesday’s session chaired by Judge Shaaban el-Shamy for security reasons. His defense lawyer Mohamed al-Damaty demanded the postponement of the eyewitness’s testimony because the suspect must be present during the court hearing of the witness, Youm7 added.

The next court hearing was scheduled for Oct. 18.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail.

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