Morsi prison break trial postponed to Jan. 17 for security, weather reasons
Ousted President Mohamed Morsi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The trial of former President Mohamed Morsi in the case of the Natroun Prison break was adjourned to Jan. 17, as Morsi was announced absent for “security reasons and bad weather conditions,” Youm7 reported.

The jailed Brotherhood defendants in the case appeared at the court session, but their lawyer Mohamed al-Damaty requested the hearing be postponed due to Morsi’s absence. The session lasted less than 10 minutes.

The case involves 131 defendants, including top Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Badie, Saad al-Katatni, Essam el-Erian, Safwat Hegazy. Some defendants are being tried in absentia, including members of Hamas and Hezbollah.

On Jan. 30, 2011, armed men raided the Natroun Prison, 82 kilometers into Cairo-Alexandria desert road, and helped all prisoners escape, except about 200 who chose to remain. The prisoners who escaped included Morsi and several other Egyptian, Palestinian and Lebanese Islamists.

Morsi is standing trial in a number of cases including espionage for Hamas and Qatar, and complicity in the killing of protesters outside Ithadeya presidential palace in December 2012. His verdict in the Ithadeya case will be announced April 21.


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