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Ousted Egyptian president faces new terrorism charges

CAIRO, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was bound over for trial Saturday on new charges related to his escape from prison in 2011, officials say.

The charges against him were detailed in a document titled "The Most Dangerous Terrorism Crime the Country Has Ever Seen" released by investigative judge Hassan Samir, Ahram Online reported.

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The document accused Morsi and 132 co-defendants of the attempted murder and kidnapping of three police officers after the January 2011 protests that led to the downfall of president Hosni Mubarak. Other charges include possessing heavy weapons, looting livestock and weapons from prison warehouses, and committing aggressive acts.

Samir also accused the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Morsi is a member, of plotting with Hamas and Hezbollah "to give up part of the Sinai Peninsula for the resettlement of Palestinians from Gaza."

On Thursday, Morsi was charged with collaborating with foreign organizations to "commit terrorist acts in Egypt" and revealing defense secrets.

He is already on trial on charges of inciting the murder of protesters during clashes at the presidential palace in December 2012.

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Human Rights Watch regional director Sarah Leah Whiston called the new charges "fantastical" and lacking appropriate evidence.

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