World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian television will broadcast the first session of ousted president Mohamed Morsi's trial – in which he faces charges of breaking out of prison during Egypt's 2011 uprising – live on Tuesday.
In a Monday statement, Judge Shaaban al-Shami, head of the Cairo Criminal Court, said he would allowEgyptian media personnel into the courtroom to broadcast trial proceedings on live television.
The live broadcast, he added, would allow the public to follow what was happening inside the courtroom.
Since Morsi's first court session last November, where he faced charges of inciting the killing of opposition protesters in late 2012, the media has been barred from broadcasting trial proceedings.
The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, for its part, Morsi's main support bloc, has urged the ex-president's supporters to stage demonstrations outside the court venue in Cairo on Tuesday.
Along with Morsi, other defendants in the case include Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie; Badie's deputy, Mahmoud Ezzat; former parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni; and senior group members Mohamed al-Beltagi, Essam Erian and Saad al-Husseini.
The list also includes members of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Lebanese militant faction Hezbollah, along with prominent Qatar-based Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.
According to a statement issued by investigating judge Hassan Samir, 800 foreign operatives crossed the border into the Sinai Peninsula from the Gaza Strip during Egypt's January 2011 uprising that ousted longstanding president Hosni Mubarak.
The statement goes on to claim that the operatives attacked police and government facilities in Sinai, leaving several policemen dead, before allegedly breaking into Wadi Natrun, Abu Zaabal and Al-Marg prisons in northern Cairo.
The statement also accuses the attackers of killing more than 50 policemen and prisoners before helping their associates escape with more than 20,000 other inmates.
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