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Morsi Stands Trial in Jailbreak Case

A new trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has begun, with the former leader facing charges of breaking out of prison in 2011.

Egyptian state media said Mr. Morsi was in the courtroom Tuesday in Cairo, where he is being tried along with 130 other people. The co-defendants include members of his Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

Mr. Morsi is facing another trial for allegedly inciting violence against anti-government protesters in 2012. That case is due to resume Saturday, after being postponed twice since it opened in November.

He has also been charged with insulting the judiciary in a third case, while a fourth case features charges of espionage in collaboration with the Palestinian Hamas movement.

Egypt's military removed Mr. Morsi from office in July, and authorities have spent months cracking down on the Brotherhood, including arresting many of its leaders and declaring it a terrorist group.

Also Tuesday, officials said gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a senior police officer, Major General Mohammed El-Said, who served as the head of the interior ministry's technical office.

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