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Morsi’s Lawyers Storm Out Of Egyptian Court As Prosecutors Accuse Him Of Espionage

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Deposed Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, has been accused by Egyptian prosecutors of committing “the biggest case of conspiracy in the history of Egypt” as he faced court on espionage and terrorism charges.

Prosecutors on Sunday outlined their case against Morsi, stating that he and his group the Muslim Brotherhood conspired with foreign groups in Iran, Lebanon and Gaza to conduct espionage and commit terrorist acts inside Egypt.  

The trial was however adjourned when Morsi’s lawyers withdrew from court, after their client complained that he was being kept in a soundproofed dock to silence him.

The former president stated that he was placed in the glass cage to stop him from speaking to the people of Egypt.

“We are in a farce, all this because you are afraid of me. You are afraid that the president speaks,” Morsi cried out, and told his defence: “If this farce continues, don’t come to the court.”

The court was adjourned until February 23. 

The prosecution says that the Brotherhood was planning in 2005 to send “elements” to the Gaza Strip for military training by Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, adding that, upon their return to Egypt, they would join forces with extremist groups in the Egypt-controlled Sinai region.

The Brotherhood aimed to establish an “Islamic emirate” in North Sinai, according to the prosecution.

Sunday’s case is one of four against Morsi. Others charge that he conspired with foreign groups to break out of prison during the fall of his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak, and was complicit in the deaths of people who protested against him while he was in power.

Many of the charges carry the death penalty.

Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Badie, Khairat El-Shater, Mahmoud Ezzat and others have also been charged with crimes that include committing acts of “terrorism” and revealing military secrets.

A total of 36 people are now on trial and the proceedings are seen as the latest crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, which propelled Morsi to victory in the 2012 presidential election.

The Brotherhood was driven underground after Morsi’s removal in July and following Egypt’s decision to officially declare it a “terrorist” organisation. [AlJazeera]

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JUST IN: ECOWAS Lifts Sanctions On Mali

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US President, Donald Trump, Wife Test Positive For Covid-19

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President of the United States, Donald Trump, and his wife, Melania Trump have both tested positive for COVID-19.

The President took to his official Twitter handle on Friday to make this announcement.

Trump was last seen in public on Thursday afternoon, returning to the White House after a fundraising trip to New Jersey.

Also Read: What I Told Trump When He Accused Me Of Killing Christians – Buhari

On Thursday, he announced that his aide, Hope Hicks tested positive for the virus which has killed over 1 million people around the world.

He further revealed that he and the first lady had taken the test and waiting for the results before announcing the outcome on Friday.

 

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Mali: N’Daw, Coup Leader Goita Sworn In As President, VP

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Retired Army Colonel, Bah N’Daw has been sworn in on Friday as the interim president of Mali and he is to head a transitional government following last month’s military coup in the country.

The swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s capital city of Bamako, where Colonel Assimi Goita, who led the military junta, was also sworn in as interim vice president.

This administration is to lead the government for a maximum of 18 months before organising national elections.

Also Read: Buhari Attends Virtual ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit Over Mali Crisis

It will be recalled that the country’s military executed a coup last month (August 18) which successfully removed the nation’s president, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita from office.

Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, attended the ceremony alongside other members of the ECOWAS mediation team.

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