19 Dec 2013

Morsi faces terrorism charges

5:56 am on 19 December 2013

A public prosecutor in Egypt has ordered former president Mohamed Morsi to stand trial on charges of conspiring with foreign organisations to commit terrorist acts and divulging military secrets to a foreign state.

Former president Mohamed Morsi.

Former president Mohamed Morsi. Photo: AFP (file)

The BBC reports 35 others, including former aides and leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, have also been charged.

Mr Morsi is already on trial for inciting violence during protests outside the presidential palace a year ago, when he was still in office.

The prosecutor said on on Wednesday the Muslim Brotherhood has committed acts of violence and terrorism in Egypt and prepared a terrorist plan that included an alliance with Hamas and Hizbollah.

Mr Morsi was deposed on 3 July by the Army, a few days after the first anniversary of his election.

A BBC correspondent says human rights organisations have expressed concern over whether Mr Morsi will be able to get a fair trial.