Morsi leaked state secrets to Iran, Egyptian prosecutor says
An Egyptian prosecutor has claimed that the country's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, gave state secrets to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC).
At the second hearing of Morsi’s trial for espionage on Sunday, Tamer el-Firgani, said Morsi and 35 other Muslim Brotherhood members had revealed such secrets. These include passing national defense secrets to Iran, Lebanon and Palestinians.
If convicted, Morsi could face capital punishment.
The trial, one of three that are underway against Morsi, is part of a relentless government crackdown targeting him and his Muslim Brotherhood movement since his ouster by the army in July.
On Saturday, an Egyptian court handed two-year jail terms to 31 pro-Morsi protesters on charges of invading the iconic Tahrir Square in Cairo last month.
Egypt has been witnessing a crisis and anti-government demonstrations since July 3, 2013, when the Egyptian military ousted the country’s first democratically-elected president.
Since then, Egypt’s military-backed government has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi’s supporters and arrested thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members, including the party’s senior leaders.
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