Wed, 26 Dec 2018 - 10:36 GMT
Former president Hosni Mubarak entering the court - Still image from a live broadcast
CAIRO – 26 December 2018: For the first time, former presidents Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi will face each other at the Egyptian Criminal Court on Wednesday, as Mubarak is due to testify at the trial of Morsi and others in the case of storming prisons during the 25th Revolution of January.
Farid al-Deeb, Mubarak’s lawyer was seen entering the court on Wednesday morning, as all security measures were taken to secure today’s extraordinary trail.
In June 2015, Cairo Criminal Court issued a death sentence in the case against Morsi, MB supreme guide Mohamed Badie and other key figures of the terrorist group. However, in November 2016, the Court of Cassation annulled the sentence and ordered a retrial of the defendants.
Morsi and other co-defendants face charges of damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder and attempted murder, and looting prison weapons depots while allowing prisoners from the Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah, jihadists, and other criminals to break out of jails.
The charges are linked to the escape of more than 20,000 inmates from three Egyptian prisons during the early days of the 2011 revolution.
Others accused in the prison break case include senior Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Saad el Katatni, Essam el Erian and Mohamed el Beltagy.