Egypt prosecutor says ex-president spied for Iran

FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 file photo, Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi in a soundproof barred glass cage is seen on a monitor set up outside a courtroom where Morsi and 35 others are facing charges of conspiring with foreign groups and undermining national security, in Cairo, Egypt. Morsi, toppled in July by the military, faces a host of criminal charges and appeared in court Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in a case that charges him and 130 others over prison breaks that freed some 20,000 inmates during the 18-day revolt in 2011 that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Morsi himself was freed in a prison break before becoming the nation’s first freely elected president. (AP Photo/Mohammed al-Law, File)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s top prosecutor has accused the former president of passing state secrets to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.

He says in a statement Sunday that Mohammed Morsi and 35 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood were conspiring to destabilize the country and were cooperating with foreign groups, including Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Morsi appeared briefly in court for Sunday’s hearing, the second in a trial which began on Feb. 16. The next hearing is set for Feb. 27.

Defense lawyers walked out of the courtroom at the previous hearing in protest over the fact that Morsi and other defendants were being held in a glass sound-proof cage.

Morsi was ousted by the military following millions-strong protests after just one year in power.

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press

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