Egypt’s Mursi faces trial for prison break

Mursi and 132 others, including members of Hamas, will stand trial for a prison break and the murder of officers during the 2011 uprising

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Deposed Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi will stand trial for a prison break and the murder of officers during the 2011 uprising, along with 132 others, including members of Hamas.

Prosecution sources said on Saturday that Mursi and the other defendants, also including leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, prominent Qatar-based cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, would be tried on the escape from the Wadi al-Natrun prison.

The prison break reportedly occurred during the 2011 revolt against former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, which led to his ouster.

Earlier this week, prosecutors announced that Mursi - ousted in July by the military – would stand trial for "espionage" involving Hamas. The Islamist is already on trial for allegedly inciting the killings of opposition activists during his one year in power.

Previously, Mursi had been under investigation for a January 28, 2011 prison break along with members of the Brotherhood, during a nationwide revolt against Mubarak's rule.

Amid a breakdown in law and order, riots had broken out in several prisons, and thousands of inmates escaped over several days with outside help.

Prosecutors say the prisons came under attack by elements from the Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah to free Islamist inmates, according to Agence France-Presse.

Several members of the Palestinian and Lebanese militant groups were imprisoned in Egyptian jails and escaped during the unrest.

(With AFP)

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