CAIRO - 20 March 2019: A Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the retrial of former President Mohamed Morsi and 28 others to March 10, 2019, in the case known in media as “the illegal crossing of eastern borders” in 2011.
Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Mohamed Morsi and many members of the MB group, Palestine's Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah are accused in the case.
Concerning presidential pardons submitted by Morsi during his 1-year ruling, the prosecution handed the court six pardon lists issued by Morsi through 2012 only, pardoning a total of 1,303 people.
The lists carry the numbers 1996, 122, 157, 155, 75, and 57.
The pardoned inmates did not face the same charges. However, according to the prosecution, the charges included murder, forgery, drug trafficking, possessing explosives, theft, drug abuse and other charges.
During the session, the prosecution presented security reports, indicating that the cost of damaged properties of the Egyptian prisons, after they were stormed in January 2011, reached LE 209,446,745 ($12.1 million).
Morsi and other 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, and Hezbollah, as well as jihadi prisoners and other criminals to break out of jail.
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.
Other defendants accused in the prison break case include senior Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Saad el-Katatni, Essam el-Erian and Mohamed el-Beltagy.
In December 2018 and for the first time, former presidents Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and Mohamed Morsi faced each other at the Egyptian Criminal Court, as Mubarak testified at the trial of Morsi.
During the trial, Mubarak declined to answer several questions concerning national security in the lawsuit known as “the illegal crossing of eastern borders” unless he obtains permission from the Egyptian Armed Forces and President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.