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Egypt's Morsi to Stand Trial for Prison Breaks, Murder

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Egyptian prosecutors say ousted President Mohamed Morsi will stand trial for organizing jail breaks and the murder of police officers during the country's popular uprising nearly three years ago.

It will be the third trial announced for Mr. Morsi, on separate charges, as authorities widen their crackdown on him Muslim Brotherhood group.

About 130 other peopleare charged in the new case, including many members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Lebanese-based militant group Hezbollah.

Members of those groups were among those who attacked and escaped prisons during the unrest.

No trial date was set.

Mr. Morsi also faces charges of inciting violence that led to the death of protesters and espionage.

Egypt's military overthrew Mr. Morsi in July, about a year after he had been elected president. His predecessor, longtime President Hosni Mubarak, was ousted in the country's popular uprising that began in January 2011.

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