Morsi Trial Postponed

Morsi Trial Postponed
Morsi Trial Postponed

A criminal court in the Egyptian capital Cairo postponed until June 25 a trial in which the country's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, along with 10 others are charged with leaking classified documents to Qatar.

The same court on Tuesday sentenced him and five others to death on charges including "murder" and "attempted murder" during a prison break from the Wadi Natroun prison in 2011.

Morsi appeared in Sunday's session for the first time wearing the red uniform reserved for prisoners to be executed. Sunday's trial came as part of the fourth trial against Morsi.

Egypt's former Islamist leader has already been sentenced to 20 years in prison in another case over alleged connection with foreign powers, Al Jazeera reported.

The government has banned the 86-year-old Muslim Brotherhood, designating it a" terrorist organization."

Then army chief and now President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ousted Morsi on July 3, 2013, and since then has overseen a sweeping crackdown against his supporters. The crackdown has left hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters dead and thousands imprisoned. In another development on Sunday, dozens of women held a vigil outside Egypt's presidential palace, challenging a law that restricts protests and calling for the release of people detained for violating the controversial measure.

Organizers said they did not seek prior permission from authorities to stage the vigil near Sisi's presidential palace. Police formed a cordon around the women, who raised photos of detainees. Some protesters raised banners that read, "Ramadan is not the same without you," in reference to the Muslim holy month of fasting that brings families together.