A criminal court in Egypt’s capital, Cairo has adjourned the trial date of Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi on allegations of spying and leaking confidential documents to Qatar to July 21, according to Judicial officials.
Last month, Cairo’s Criminal Court has sentenced deposed president Mohamed Morsi to death for breaking out of jail in 2011 despite revising a previous death sentence for espionage to 25 years in prison.
The Muslim Brotherhood's grand leader Mohamed Badie was also sentenced to death for breaking out of jail after he too had his previous death sentence for espionage lifted.
Meanwhile, 17 others were sentenced to death in the espionage case, including Khairat al Shater and Mohamed al Beltagy. Thirteen more defendants were additionally sentenced to death in absentia, including prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al Qaradawi.
The court had ultimately accused the Muslim Brotherhood which Mohammed Morsi was a part of "committing acts which led to compromising the independence of the country, its unity and territorial integrity," courtroom said "Investigations revealed the Muslim Brotherhood leaders are in close alliance with the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas."
Since Morsi's deposal, Egypt has launched a relentless crackdown on opposition that has targeted Muslim Brotherhood members, as well as activists and secularist groups, leaving hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.