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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Morsi trial delayed by a month

Published 28/01/2014 | 09:52

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An Egyptian woman outside the courthouse during the trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, in Cairo (AP)

The second trial of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi over charges related to 2011 prison breaks has been adjourned for nearly a month.

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Judges decided to postpone the trial until February 22 to allow the lawyers time to review the case's files.

Morsi and 130 other defendants are accused of organizing prison breaks during the height of the 18-days uprising against his predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

More than 20,000 inmates, including Morsi and Brotherhood leaders, escaped from prison following one of the most violent days of the uprising that eventually led to the virtual collapse of the police and their withdrawal from the streets.

Morsi was later elected president but was overthrown on July 3 after a year in power.

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