Morsi to face trial on Feb. 16

An Egyptian court on Tuesday set Feb. 16 as the start date for one of the trials of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, this one on charges of conspiring with foreign groups.

Egypt’s prosecutor general has charged Morsi and other top Muslim Brotherhood leaders with conspiring with militant groups such as the Palestinian Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah, as well as with Iran to destabilize Egypt. Morsy is also accused of orchestrating an insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula to avenge his ouster.

Morsy is facing a total of four trials and was most recently referred to court over insulting the judiciary. Charges in the other three trials, including inciting the murder of his opponents and organizing jailbreaks, carry the death penalty.

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

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