EGYPT’S MORSI CHARGED WITH ‘TERRORIST ACTS’

Egypt's Morsi charged with terrorist actsEgypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi will stand trial on charges of “conspiring with foreign groups” to commit “terrorist acts.”

Morsi, toppled by the military in July, is already on trial for alleged involvement in the killings of opposition protesters was also accused on Wednesday of divulging “secrets of defence to to foreign countries” and “funding terrorism for militant training to fulfil the goals of the International Organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood”, according to a prosecutor document seen by Al Jazeera sources.

Egypt’s public prosecutor ordered Morsi and 34 co-accused to stand trial on charges including conspiring with foreign organisations to commit terrorist acts in Egypt and divulging military secrets to a foreign state.

In a statement, the prosecutor said that Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood had committed acts of violence and terrorism in Egypt and prepared a “terrorist plan” that included an alliance with the Palestinian group Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

The trial appears to stem from an investigation into prison breaks during a 2011 uprising against strongman Hosni Mubarak, when Morsi and other prisoners escaped, AFP reports.

Prosecutors have alleged the jailbreaks were carried out by Palestinian and Lebanese armed groups, who had members imprisoned under Mubarak.

Al Jazeera sources said that prosecutor copy labelled the trial as the “biggest case in Egypt’s history of conspiring against Egypt.”

According to the text, the Muslim Brotherhood had been involved in smuggling weapons and allowing its members to enter Gaza through tunnels in the Sinai to receive training from factions of Hezbollah and Iranians.

It also said members had received training on communication and dealing with media through communication with the West through Qatar and Turkey.

Source: Al Jazeera,  Dec. 8, 2013, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2013/12/egypt-morsi-charged-with-terrorist-acts-20131218131959978322.html

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