A new trial for Egypt's ousted ex-president has begun in Cairo, with prosecutors accusing him of spying and leaking confidential information to Qatar.

The hearing was swiftly adjourned and a new date set for Feb. 28 after the court ruled that the defense should consult with Mohammed Morsi and the other 10 defendants in the case.

Morsi faces several other ongoing trials, including one where he stands charged with inciting the killing of protesters and for which he could face the death penalty. Other charges have yet to be brought to trial.

Morsi was Egypt's first democratically elected leader, but his turbulent one-year rule left the country sharply divided.

From the defendant's cage in the courtroom Sunday, Morsi said, "I am the legitimate president... and this trial is a farce."