Former Egyptian president Morsi to stand trial for espionage
Newscast Media CAIRO—Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi will go on trial on Feb. 16 over charges of espionage along with 35 others, official news agency MENA reported on Tuesday. The suspects include Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badei and his two deputies Khairat al-Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat, former parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni and others.
They are accused of collaborating with foreign bodies, including the Islaimist Hamas Movement, to carry out terrorist acts in Egypt.
Meanwhile, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported Tuesday that Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi would resign within days as a prelude to announcing his presidential bid.
The newspaper added the step would be blessed by the armed forces, Arab countries and Washington, particularly the Pentagon.
“[Sisi] has taken the decision in light of the widespread popular demand [for his presidential bid], in addition to signals of Arab consensus on the move, especially by the Gulf,” the paper quoted an informed source as saying.
Sisi has also taken the decision after a careful study of expected Western reactions, especially the US. The Pentagon in particular welcomed his presidential bid, the source added.
Sisi will announce running for president as well as his platform in a speech to the people. His platform will reportedly depend on the slogans of 25 January and 30 June revolutions.
Source: Al-Masry Al-Youm