Toppled Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi will stand trial over allegations he collaborated with Hamas, Hezbollah and other organisations to commit terrorist acts in Egypt, judicial sources have told Ahram Online.


The deposed leader and thirty five co-defendants – including prominent members of his Muslim Brotherhood and former presidential advisers – will face trial for “collaborating with foreign organisations to commit terrorist acts in Egypt, revealing defence secrets to a foreign country, funding terrorists and military training to achieve the purposes of the international organisation of the Brotherhood,” a statement by the prosecutor-general’s office said.

The statement added: Brotherhood leaders collaborated with Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah and other organisations “inside and outside” Egypt to smuggle arms, organised military training for group members in the Gaza Strip, and funded a plan to stir chaos and threaten national security in Egypt.

Prosecutors also accuse the group of sponsoring terrorist attacks on army and police targets in the Sinai Peninsula, which borders Israel, following Morsi’s ouster.

Nineteen defendants are already being detained and prosecutors have ordered the arrest of the seventeen others, the statement added.

Among Morsi’s co-defendants are Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, his two deputies Khairat El-Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat, and prominent members Saad El-Katatni, Essam El-Erian and Mahmoud El-Beltagy. Former presidential aide Refaa El-Tahtawy along with his two deputies are also on trial… see more

source: ahram online