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Morsi referred to third trial by Egypt prosecutors

Egyptian prosecutors on Saturday referred former President Mohamed Morsi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to trial for charges of organizing a 2011 prison break, spreading chaos and abducting policemen in the country. The trial for these charges will be the third trial [AP report] that has been referred by prosecutors since Morsi was ousted [JURIST report] in July. The charges center around actions taken by Morsi at the height of the Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder] in 2011 which resulted in the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and the election of Morsi in the country's first free elections. Prosecutors alleged that when Morsi and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] were arrested for a protest in 2011, they organized a prison break as part of a plan to promote instability in the country, which was already in a state of chaos. They also accuse Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood members of conspiring with foreign forces to destabilize Egypt for the purpose of harming the country and its government. A date has not yet been set for the trial.

Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have faced a variety of investigations and criminal charges since Morsi was deposed in July. Earlier this week, prosecutors announced that he would be charged with acts of espionage and terrorism [JURIST report]. Last month, another pending trial against Morsi for allegedly murdering several protesters who rallied against him while he was in power was postponed [JURIST report] until January. In September, an Egyptian court banned the Muslim Brotherhood [JURIST report] and ordered confiscation of all of its assets. This came after the same court ordered the closure of four media outlets [JURIST report] that allegedly supported the group. The country's military forced Morsi out of power in July and suspended the nation's constitution after massive protests against Morsi and his regime.

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