Date set for Morsi trial

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Copy of iol pic afr Mideast Egypt~1 AP In this 2012 file photo, then Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi speaks to reporters at the presidential palace in Cairo. Picture: Maya Alleruzzo, File


Cairo - An Egyptian court has set February 2 as the start date for one of the trials of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, this one on charges of conspiring with foreign groups.

Medhat Idris of the Cairo Appeals Court told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the venue for the trial has not been determined yet.

Morsi is facing four separate trials and was most recently referred to trial over insulting the judiciary. Charges in the other three trials, including inciting the murder of his opponents and organising jailbreaks, carry the death penalty.

Only the trial for the killing of his opponents has started and is to resume next month.

Morsi was ousted in a popularly-backed military coup last July, nearly a year after he became Egypt's first freely elected president.


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