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Mohamed Morsi’s lawyers walk out of espionage trial

Mohamed Morsi’s lawyers have walked out of his trial on charges of espionage and conspiring to commit acts of terror.

The former Egyptian president’s trial has now been adjourned until February 23.

The lawyers withdrew in protest at Mohamed Morsi and other defendants being confined in a soundproofed glass cage.

The Islamist former leader is facing four separate trials, three of which have now opened.

Mohamed Morsi was brought to Cairo’s police academy on Sunday morning by helicopter from the Burj al-Arab prison where he is being held.

In this trial, he and 35 others are accused of working with Lebanese and Palestinian groups to carry out attacks in Egypt.

Mohamed Morsi has been put in the soundproof cage in recent appearances to prevent him shouting and disrupting proceedings.

Mohamed Morsi’s lawyers have walked out of his trial on charges of espionage and conspiring to commit acts of terror

Mohamed Morsi’s lawyers have walked out of his trial on charges of espionage and conspiring to commit acts of terror

The defendants have said they cannot follow proceedings because of the cage, but the judge insisted that headphones installed inside the dock will allow them to listen.

The cage allows the judge to control when the defendants are heard.

At one point when he was audible, Mohamed Morsi said: “What are you so afraid of? Are you afraid because you have no public support?” Reuters reports.

The court said it would appoint a new defense team.

Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military last July following mass street protests against his rule.

Since Mohamed Morsi was ousted there has been a severe crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood group, as well as on other activists seen as hostile to the military-backed government.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been declared a terrorist organization and authorities have punished any public show of support for it.

Other senior Brotherhood figures, including supreme guide Mohammed Badie and his deputy and former presidential candidate Khairat al-Shater, are also facing a raft of charges,


At least 1,000 people have died in clashes between security forces and pro-Morsi protesters since he was deposed, with thousands more arrested.

In this latest trial, Mohamed Morsi is accused of collaborating with the Palestinian movement Hamas, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. If convicted he could receive the death penalty.

Mohamed Morsi’s supporters say he and other senior Brotherhood leaders are the victims of politically motivated prosecutions.

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