Morsi arrives in Cairo court on jailbreak charges
Morsi is in court on charges of jailbreak during the 2011 revolution. (AFP/File)
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Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has arrived in Cairo for a trial over charges on a prison break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.
The state news agency reported that Morsi flew by helicopter from Borg al-Arab prison in Alexandria, while some 130 others who are on trial with him were driven to Cairo.
Previously, Morsi had been under investigation for the January 28, 2011 prison break along with members of the Brotherhood, during the nationwide revolt against Mubarak’s rule.
Amid a breakdown in law and order, riots had broken out in several prisons, and thousands of inmates escaped over several days with outside help.
Prosecutors say the prisons came under attack by elements from the Brotherhood, Hamas and Hezbollah to free Islamist inmates.
Several members of the Palestinian and Lebanese militant groups were imprisoned in Egyptian jails and escaped during the unrest.
A lawyer has said the trial appears to be aimed at “denigrating” Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group, according to the Associated Press.
Tuesday’s trial will be Morsi's second court appearance since the military led his popularly-backed ouster on July 3.
Morsi will also be standing trial for “espionage” involving Hamas and is already on trial for allegedly inciting the killings of opposition activists during his one year in power.