Toppled Islamist Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was charged with espionage and conducting “terror attacks” in Egypt as a third trial against Morsi is set to begin.
Morsi, who was ousted on July 3, 2013 by the Egyptian military, is facing trial with 35 other people, including former aides, advisors, and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. Should they be found guilty, Morsi and all others could face the death penalty.
Among the charges Morsi and his fellow inmates face is that they are accused “of spying for the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, its military wing and the Hamas movement.”
In regards to the acts of terror Morsi and his government committed, they are charged with “carrying out terror attacks inside the country against state property, institutions and their employees to spread chaos.”
Morsi, who was president of Egypt for around one year, is in the process of being tried for killing opposition protestors in December 2012. This latest trial is an example of Egypt’s extreme crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood, which was officially declared a terrorist organization in Egypt. Since Morsi’s ousting, according to Amnesty International, the Egyptian government has killed more than 1,400 radical supporters and arrested thousands more.
Prosecutors are arguing that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were planning on sending radical “elements” to the Gaza Strip. There, these individuals were to receive intense military training by Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards. Upon returning to Egypt, these radicals were to join extremist groups operating in the Sinai Peninsula, close to the border of Israel.
The ultimate goal of the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi was to establish an “Islamic emirate” in Egypt. During his presidency, Morsi dramatically strengthened ties between Egypt and Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has denied any connection to Morsi’s pan, calling the charges “fabrication and lies.”