Prosecution: MB’s been conspiring for years, along with Hamas
Ousted President Mohamed Morsi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The North Cairo Criminal Court resumed Tuesday and Wednesday the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 35 others in the espionage case in which nearly half the defendants are being tried in absentia.

According to Youm7 and other news sources, the defense team objected to the prosecution’s pleading, which narrated the history of the Muslim Brotherhood decades earlier, to highlight actions of former leaders, and arguing that the Brotherhood always sought to conspire against the state.

During long court sessions extended over the two days, the prosecution mentioned a background of the Brotherhood’s leaders such as former Supreme-Guide Mohamed Badie’s received training on weapon use in his youth in the 60’s in the Delta governorate of Sharqia.

The prosecution represented by lawyer Tamer el-Faragany, said the governorate of Sharqia was also the meeting point between Morsi and Hamas leading member Mahmoud el-Zahar in 2007 as the beginning of a series of organized cooperation later on between the two organizations, Al-Shorouk reported on Tuesday’s session.

High State Security member and prosecution representative Khaled Diaa spoke in Wednesday’s session accusing the Brotherhood of facilitating the infiltration of foreigners into the country to help fund and give military training to the organization, some of whose members also allegedly trained in Gaza.

Diaa also said that the MB and Hamas raised funds in the name of humanitarian support for Gaza, adding that the Brotherhood’s major intended plans to take control of the Egyptian state were discussed in a meeting with Hamas leader Khaled Mesha’l in Syria in November 2010, Youm7 stated.

Morsi and his aides are facing charges of high treason, including conspiracy with foreign states by providing them information and documents related to Egyptian national security facilitated by their power through the presidential office, in addition to planning and inciting violence and terrorism in Egypt.

The Muslim Brotherhood members facing trial are also accused of leaking information to the Qatari authorities, and conspiring against Egypt with Hamas and Hezbollah leaders, and illegally breaking out of the Wadi el-Natroun prison during the revolution of January 2011.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Abdel Razek.

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