Egypt prosecutor refers ousted president for trial

Egypt prosecutor refers ousted president for trial
# 18 December 2013 17:49 (UTC +04:00)

Egypt's public prosecutor ordered the trial of ousted president and more than 30 others on charges of espionage on Wednesday.

A statement from the prosecutor’s office has accused Morsi of plotting with foreign organizations to carry out terrorist attacks in the North African country.

The toppled leader is also accused of committing acts of violence in Egypt.

Local media say the other defendants include former presidential aides and Muslim Brotherhood leaders, who will be standing trial along with him.

Morsi is already on trial over alleged involvement in the killings of opposition protesters.

Security is currently tight in Egypt with thousands of policemen deployed to the streets.

Brotherhood’s supporters say they will plan fresh demonstrations in several cities and outside the venue of the trial. Reports say dozens of protesters have already been arrested.

The majority of the people arrested have been accused of inciting violence in clashes between the security forces and supporters of Morsi.

Thousands of people regularly take to the streets on a daily basis across the country to oppose Morsi's trial, demanding the reinstatement of the country’s first democratically-elected president.

They also demanded justice for Muslim Brotherhood supporters killed in the army crackdown following Morsi’s ouster.

A large number of Brotherhood’s officials and supporters have been held in custody by the military and police forces over the past few months, as hundreds of supporters of the group have been killed in clashes with the army during the same period.

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