Morsy’s espionage trial adjourned to 17 May

Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsy and other 34 suspects, affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood, to 17 May, for allegedly spying for foreign agencies.
Earlier on Monday, the court heard the rest of prosecution witnesses and reviewed CDs submitted by public prosecution.
The other MB defendants include Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, his deputies Khairat al-Shater, Mahmoud Ezzat and former Speaker of Parliament Saad al-Katatny, leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy, Essam al-Erian and Saad al-Husseiny, former Chief of Staff Mohamed Refaa al-Tahtawy, his deputy Assad al-Sheika, the director of Morsy’s office Ahmed Abdel Aaty and 25 other members of the group.
The Prosecution levelled accusations of spying for foreign authorities targeting terrorist actions in Egypt, funding terrorism, organizing military training and committing actions that destabilize the country.
Investigations claimed that the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood committed violence in Egypt to create chaos, prepared a terrorist scheme to form an alliance between the group in Egypt and other foreign extremist organizations and smuggled weapons and members to Gaza via tunnels with the help of Hamas to receive military training.
The suspects also allegedly gathered with other members of extremist groups in Sinai for training on how to spread propaganda to serve the goals of the international organization.
According to investigations, the international organization funded criminal schemes in its Egypt branch, which was started in 2005 and resumed during the 2011 revolution, through assaulting security forces and arming citizens.
Prosecution also accuses suspects of preparing to control the security establishments in Sinai and declare it an Islamic state in case Morsy did not win the presidential elections, according to the investigations.
Suspects Essam al-Haddad, Abdel Aaty, Tahtawy, Sheikha and Mohie Hamed are accused of submitting secret reports ready for review by the president to the international organization and other foreign authorities as an award for carrying out terrorist operations and assisting the Brotherhood in Egypt until it assumed power.
Some of the secret reports were sent by the presidency’s email indicating that Morsy was informed, investigations said.
Investigations also stated that the foreign groups carried out attacks against police and armed forces in Sinai to intimidate Egyptians and destabilize the country in order to reinstate Morsy.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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