Egypt’s toppled president, Mohamed Morsi, has appeared in court in Cairo to face charges linked to the 2011 escape of more than 20,000 inmates from Egyptian prisons. Also charged are members of the Palestinian group Hamas and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.
Morsi was accused, just before his removal by the army last year, of colluding with “foreign forces”, allowing him and others to break out of a high-security prison near Cairo. He was being held in custody after a roundup of Muslim Brotherhood supporters during the uprising against the regime of Hosni Mubarak.
A lawyer has said the trial appears aimed at “denigrating” Morsi and his Brotherhood group.
It is Morsi’s second court appearance since Egypt’s popularly backed July 3 military coup. He missed a January 8 hearing in another trial after security officials said bad weather grounded a helicopter meant to bring him. The trial was adjourned to February 22.
Source: Al Jazeera, Jan. 28, 2014, http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/01/morsi-arrives-trial-over-egypt-jailbreak-20141287589134944.html