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New Charges Filed Against Egypt's Ex-president

FILE - Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi (R) is seen with other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in a courthouse cage on the first day of his trial, in Cairo, Nov. 4, 2013.
FILE - Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi (R) is seen with other senior figures of the Muslim Brotherhood in a courthouse cage on the first day of his trial, in Cairo, Nov. 4, 2013.
Elizabeth Arrott
Egypt's top prosecutor has filed new charges against ousted president Mohamed Morsi, including international conspiracy and terrorist plots. If convicted on these or other charges for which he is already on trial, he could face the death penalty.  
 
Morsi is charged with sharing state secrets with foreign organizations, sponsoring terrorism and conducting military-style training aimed at undermining Egypt's stability.

He is charged along with 35 other Islamists, including top members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egyptian state media relayed the prosecutor general's announcement, which was heavy on accusations but light on details.

Media reports about the foreign connection ranged from the Palestinian group Hamas to Iran and others, but there has been no immediate official clarification.  Morsi's lawyer says he has not seen the specific charges.

Political analyst Hisham Kassem says the possibilities are many.
 
"It’s whether with the international bureau of the Brotherhood - where classified documents were leaked out of the presidency into their hands or with Hamas ... However, we need to see the details of the charge and see the due processes being observed," said Kassem.

Morsi is already on trial for inciting violence during protests against his presidency last year.  He was ousted by the military in July, after nationwide public demonstrations.

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