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Egypt's ousted leader Mursi faces spying charges as third trial to begin

Published on Feb 16, 2014 5:26 PM
 
A pro-democracy demonstrator is seen with pictures of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi on her face veil during celebrations to mark the anniversary of an uprising against the regime of former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa, Feb 11, 2014. Deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was on Sunday, Feb 16, 2014, facing charges of espionage and carrying out "terror attacks" in Egypt, as a third trial against him was due to get under way. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was on Sunday facing charges of espionage and carrying out "terror attacks" in Egypt, as a third trial against him was due to get under way.

The latest court case is part of a relentless government crackdown targeting Mursi and his Islamist supporters since he was ousted by the military on July 3.

Mursi and 35 others, including former aides and leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood, are accused "of spying for the international organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood, its military wing and the (Palestinian) Hamas movement".

They are also charged with "carrying out terror attacks inside the country against state property, institutions and their employees to spread chaos".

 
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