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Egypt's Mursi faces Feb 16 spy trial: judicial sources

Published on Jan 21, 2014 8:52 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - The trial of Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi and 35 others on charges of espionage in collaboration with Palestinian Hamas movement will start on February 16, judicial sources said on Tuesday.

It is the third Mursi trial for which a date has been fixed and is part of a relentless government crackdown on the ousted leader and his Islamist supporters since his July 3 ouster by the army.

If found guilty, the defendants could face the death penalty.

Mursi and others including former aides and leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood have been accused of launching a "terrorist" campaign inside Egypt in collaboration with the Islamist movement Hamas and jihadists, the sources said.

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