CAIRO: Judge Shaaban al-Shamy, head of district 15 of the Cairo Criminal Court, began receiving applications from media professionals to attend the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, scheduled for January 28.
Morsi is accused of escaping from Wadi al-Natroun Prison with 131 other defendants, including members of the Supreme Guidance bureau of the Muslim Brotherhood and 71 Palestinians, in the wake of the incidents of the 2011 revolution.
The case implicates several regional organizations like Hezbollah, leaders of the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, who are accused of training militants to break into Egyptian prisons to free their imprisoned men.
The defendants are charged with helping the militants by providing them with information, money, cars and forged identities to enter the country and commit these acts.
Originally published in Youm7.