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