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Ousted Egypt leader Mohammed Morsi arrives at prison break trial

The case is rooted in the 2011 escape of more than 20,000 inmates from Egyptian prisons, including Morsi.

Former Egypt president Mohammed Morsi. (Reuters) Former Egypt president Mohammed Morsi. (Reuters)
Cairo | Updated: January 28, 2014 7:42 pm

Egypt’s state news agency says toppled President Mohammed Morsi has arrived in Cairo for a trial over prison breaks in 2011.

The MENA report Tuesday said Morsi flew by helicopter from Borg al-Arab prison in Alexandria, while some 130 others were driven to Cairo.

The case is rooted in the 2011 escape of more than 20,000 inmates from Egyptian prisons _ including Morsi. Also charged are members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

A lawyer has said the trial appears aimed at ”denigrating” Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group.

It is Morsi’s second court appearance since Egypt’s popularly backed July 3 military coup. He missed a Jan. 8 hearing in another trial after security officials said bad weather grounded a helicopter meant to bring him.

First Published on: January 28, 2014 12:54 pm
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