Egypt court suspends Morsi jailbreak trial

A judicial source said the court had set March 1 to hear a mistrial request by lawyers representing Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi and Islamic preacher Safwat Hegazi.

Egypt court suspends Morsi jailbreak trial

World Bulletin / News Desk

An Egyptian court on Monday suspended proceedings in the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 130 others charged with breaking out of jail so the court could consider a mistrial request by defense lawyers.

A judicial source said the court had set March 1 to hear a mistrial request by lawyers representing Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi and Islamic preacher Safwat Hegazi.

The request for a mistrial reportedly comes in connection with the soundproof glass cages that defendants have been kept in during trial proceedings.

During Monday's ten-minute court session, Morsi was greeted by chants from other defendants in the case.

Defense lawyer Ali Kamal asked presiding judges to oblige the authorities to allow defense lawyers to visit their clients.

Morsi and his co-defendants face charges of staging a mass jailbreak during Egypt's 2011 uprising, which ended the 30-year rule of president Hosni Mubarak.

Apart from Morsi, defendants in the case include Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie; his deputy, Mahmoud Ezzat; former parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni; and senior group members Essam Erian and Saad al-Husseini.

The list of defendants also includes members of Palestinian resistance group Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah, whose names have not been disclosed.

Also on the list is prominent Egyptian Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

According to the prosecution, 800 foreign operatives crossed the border into Egypt's Sinai Peninsula from the Gaza Strip during the 2011 uprising.

The operatives, prosecutors allege, attacked police and government facilities in Sinai, leaving several policemen dead, before breaking into the Wadi Natrun and Abu Zaabal prisons in northern Cairo.

Last Mod: 24 Şubat 2014, 14:12
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