CAIRO: The verdict against former President Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie and 129 other defendants will be pronounced May 16 in the prison break case, Youm7 reported Wednesday.
The defendants include Mahmoud Ezzat, Badie’s deputy, Saad el-Katatni, former Speaker of the 2012 People’s Assembly and member of the Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau, Mohamed Beltagy, former Brotherhood Member of Parliament, Essam el-Erian, former Brotherhood MP, and Qatar-based Islamist cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
Those tried in absentia include members of Hamas and Hezbollah. On Jan. 29, 2011, assailants raided Wadi al-Natroun prison, freeing a large number of prisoners, including members of Egyptian, Palestinian and Lebanese groups. Morsi, who was jailed on remand, was among those who fled the prison.
Further, Morsi and 18 other Brotherhood leaders are standing trial on charges of collaborating with foreign organizations to execute “acts of terrorism” in Egypt and revealing national security secrets. The State Security Prosecution has accused defendants of espionage charges from between 2005 to 2013 inside and outside Egypt.
Morsi faces another trial; he is allegedly complicit in the killing of protesters outside the Ithadeya presidential palace in December 2012.
Most recently, an Egyptian court began another trial against Morsi, where he is charged with “collaborating” with Qatar, a regional supporter of the Brotherhood. The monarchy’s Foreign Minister Khalid Al Attiyah told Al Hayat newspaper Feb. 19 it is a “catastrophe” to consider “dealing with an Arab brethren state” a form of “collaboration.”