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In first, former Egyptian presidents Mubarak and Morsi face-to-face in court

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Former Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak testified against former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi who is charged with damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder and attempted murder, and looting prison weapons depots while allowing prisoners from Hamas, Hezbollah, and other criminals to escape.

Mubarak said that 800 people from different nationalities stormed through the eastern border of Egypt during the January 25 revolution, through Gaza tunnels.

“They entered Egyptian land through Gaza and had weapons… They headed toward the prisons to release prisoners belonging to Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood,” Mubarak said.

Hosni mubarak testifies against mohamed morsi. (Al Arabiya)
Hosni mubarak testifies against mohamed morsi. (Al Arabiya)

Mubarak added that they broke into the Wadi el-Natrun prisons as it held prisoners belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas.

He said that the perpetrators killed police officers north of Sinai, adding that he has more information but would need permission from the presidency to reveal more.

“The issue of Gaza tunnels is complex and we destroyed many of them before the revolution… We were exposed to attacks from Gaza while destroying the tunnels,” Mubarak said.

Mubarak was accompanied by his two sons, Gamal and Alaa Mubarak.

Egyptians await an extraordinary moment on Wednesday, when the two former Egyptian presidents appeared together before the Criminal Court in Cairo in the case of storming prisons during Egypt’s January 25 revolution.

The former President Mubarak was due to testify during the last hearing in early December but was absent as he refused to fulfill the civilian request, because he still enjoys military status, according to defense lawyer Farid al-Deeb.

The case brings together Mubarak and Morsi in one hall, the first as witness and the second as defendant for the first time in the history of Egypt.

Mubarak is closely associated to the case which looks into the issue of the border intrusion.

The events led later to his toppling from power on January 25, following the storming of prisons and police departments.