Egypt court adjourns Morsi jailbreak trial

During Wednesday's session, judges heard a number of witnesses for the prosecution and adjourned the hearings to allow them to hear more witness testimony

Egypt court adjourns Morsi jailbreak trial

World Bulletin/News Des

An Egyptian court on Wednesday adjourned to next Wednesday the trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and 130 other defendants charged with breaking out of jail in 2011, a judicial source has said.

During Wednesday's session, judges heard a number of witnesses for the prosecution and adjourned the hearings to allow them to hear more witness testimony, the source said.

At the beginning of the session, 25 defendants who appeared in court – including Morsi – raised the four-fingered Rabaa salute, which commemorates hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators killed last summer in the wake of the Islamist leader's overthrow.

Trial defendants are accused of involvement in a mass jailbreak during Egypt's 2011 uprising that led to the ouster of autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi also faces two other trials in which he is charged with espionage and inciting the murder of anti-government protesters in late 2012.

During all previous court appearances, Morsi – who won 2012 presidential polls only to be ousted by the army last summer on the back of protests – has insisted that he still represents Egypt's "legitimate" president.

Like all of his co-defendants, Morsi insists that the charges against him are politically driven.

 

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