CAIRO – An Egyptian judge says Jan. 28 has been set as opening day for the third trial of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, this one on charges of organizing prison breaks with the help of foreign militants.
Judge Medhat Idriss says the Cairo Appeals Court set the date Thursday.
The jailbreaks took place during the January 2011 uprising against Morsi's predecessor, autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Morsi was jailed in Cairo at the time and escaped with more than 30 others, while more than 20,000 inmates escaped from prisons across Egypt, including Lebanese Hezbollah and Palestinian militant Hamas members.
Morsi faces three trials on various charges, most of which carry the death penalty, from conspiring with foreign groups to inciting violence that led to the killings of protesters during his year in power.