CAIRO: North Cairo Criminal Court has set May 16 for a hearing session in the espionage trial of former president Mohammed Morsi along with 35 senior Brotherhood figures, Youm7 reported Saturday.
The defendants face charges of conspiring with terrorist organizations and foreign powers, including the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas and Lebanese militants Hezbollah, to destabilize Egypt through executing terrorist operations in the country.
Twenty-two defendants were present during Saturday’s session while the other 14 are being tried in absentia, judicial sources told Youm7.
They are also facing charges of disclosing national secrets and funding terrorism. Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, his deputies Khairat el-Shater, Mohamed al-Beltagy and Essam al-Erian are among other defendants who, if found guilty, could be sentenced to death according to Egypt’s penal code.
On Jan. 8, the Cairo Criminal Court set April 21 to deliver a verdict in the trial of Morsi and 14 others charged with inciting the killing of protesters outside the Ithadeya Presidential Palace in December 2012.
Morsi also is being tried in a third proceeding for breaking out of the Wadi al-Natroun jail during the January 25 Revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.