Egypt court postpones ruling in Morsi document leak trial

An Egyptian court Saturday postponed until next month a ruling in a trial of toppled Islamist president Mohammed Morsi on charges of jeopardizing national security by allegedly leaking secret state documents to allied Qatar when he was in office.

State television reported that the Cairo Criminal Court adjourned until May 7 the verdict in the case involving Morsi and ten other defendants.

No reason was given for the postponement.

Four of the case’s defendants have been tried in absentia since the hearings started in February 2015.

The leaked documents are related to the Egyptian army and other key state institutions, the semi-official newspaper al-Ahram reported.

Qatar is a key backer of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was deposed by the military in 2013 following mass protests against his rule.

In June 2015, another court sentenced Morsi to death after convicting him of involvement in a mass prison escape during Egypt's 2011 uprising.

The court also handed him life imprisonment on charges of conspiring with foreign organizations in conducting the jailbreak.

In April 2015, Morsi was handed down 20 years in prison on charges of inciting deadly violence against anti-Islamist protesters when he was in power.

The 64-year-old is being tried in a separate case on charges of defaming the judiciary.

Morsi has dismissed the charges in all the cases as politically motivated.

Last update: Sat, 23/04/2016 - 13:20

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