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January 27, 2014

Ousted Egyptian Leader to Stand Trial

by VOA News

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is set to go on trial Tuesday, in the first of several criminal charges facing the Islamist leader.

Morsi and more than 100 members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood party are facing charges for escaping prison in 2011, and allegedly killing police during the revolt that toppled longtime President Hosni Mubarak and brought Morsi to power.

Many of the defendants have been identified as members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, the Lebanon-based militia Hezbollah, and Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps.

​​Morsi and other senior members of the Brotherhood also face charges for alleged incitement to murder opposition protesters while he was in office.

The former president and 35 others also will stand trial on charges of espionage in collaboration with the Palestinian Hamas movement.

Egypt's military removed Morsi from office in July. Hosni Mubarak was ousted in the country's popular uprising that began in January 2011.