Mursi to face Egypt terrorism charges

19 December 2013

Terrorism charges against former Egypt president Mursi include the death penalty

The former president of Egypt Mohamed Mursi is to face a number of new charges, which include conspiring to commit terrorism.

Prosecutors allege that Mursi had formed an alliance with the Palestinian militant group Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, and the ousted president will face a charge of conspiring with foreign organisations to commit terrorist acts. Sentences for the terrorism charges include the death penalty.

Since he was removed from power by the military in July, Mursi has already gone on trial for inciting murder and violence. During his first court appearance on 4 November, Mursi said the trial against him was “illegitimate”, and that he refused to be tried as he remains Egypt’s legitimate president.

The judge brought the trial to a halt shortly after his comments, and delayed the proceeding until early 2014.

Mursi was being tried alongside 14 other senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood, charged with inciting the killing of demonstrators last December during protest marches outside the presidential palace.

Mursi was ousted from power on 3 July by the military following mass protests against the Muslim Brotherhood-backed leader. Mursi had only been in power less than a year, but stood accused of mismanaging Egypt’s economy and giving the brotherhood too much power within parliament.

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