AFP
Last updated: 3 March, 2014

Egypt postpones ruling on new judges in Morsi trials

An Egyptian appeals court has postponed until April 9 a request by lawyers to appoint new judges in two trials involving ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial sources said Monday.

The defence lawyers have demanded that the judges in two of three trials under way against Morsi withdraw, after private conversations between the defendants and their lawyers were allegedly taped and a newspaper leaked one between Morsi and lawyer Selim al-Awa.

In one of the trials, Morsi and others are accused of breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran president Hosni Mubarak.

The second trial concerns accusations of espionage against the Islamist president, who was deposed by the army last July following massive protests against his one-year rule.

Morsi is also on trial for inciting the murder of protesters during his presidency and a new hearing is due to take place on Tuesday.

He is also to face a fourth trial for insulting the judiciary, but no date has yet been announced.

The trials are part of a massive government crackdown on Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement since the army overthrew him on July 3.