Egypt prosecutors refer Morsi to third trial over 2011 jailbreak

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SummaryThe security forces have killed hundreds of Brotherhood supporters in the streets and arrested thousands more.

Egypt referred to trial deposed President Mohammed Morsi and 129 others, including members of Hamas and Hezbollah, on Saturday on murder and other charges related to a mass jail break during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak.

These are the third set of charges against Morsi since he was ousted by the army in July amid street protests against his rule and they intensify the relentless repression of his Muslim Brotherhood group in the months that followed.

Earlier this week, the prosecutor ordered Mursi and 35 other Brotherhood leaders to stand trial in a separate case that charges them with plotting with foreigners, including Hamas and Hezbollah, to carry out a terrorist conspiracy against Egypt.

Those charges, described as “risible” by the Brotherhood, could result in death penalty for Morsi and his colleagues.

On Thursday, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed concern about the charges against Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders in a phone call with army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the man who ousted Egypt’s first freely elected leader.

The security forces have killed hundreds of Brotherhood supporters in the streets and arrested thousands more. The government accuses the group of turning to violence and terrorism — charges the Brotherhood denies.

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