Morsy in court for jailbreak
January 28, 2014 by BBC Leave a Comment


Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy and his co-defendants arrived at a Cairo court Tuesday to face charges related to a 2011 jailbreak, state media reported.

Morsy will be tried along with members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Palestinian Hamas, the al-Ahram newspaper reported last month.

The trial is one of several that the ousted leader is facing. He has also been charged with raiding other prisons, killing soldiers and officers in Rafah, and incitement to murder in connection with protests against his rule in 2012.

Morsy, the country’s first democratically elected president, took office in June 2012 but was deposed in a military coup one year later.

Opponents accused Morsy of pursuing an Islamist agenda and excluding other factions from the government.

Supporters said he he wasn’t given a fair chance and that the military has returned to the authoritarian practices of longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in 2011.