Egyptian riot policemen are deployed outside the Police Academy where a hearing in the espionage trial of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi is expected to open on February 16, 2014 in Cairo. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI
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Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi charged he was being muzzled in a soundproof dock at the start of his trial on espionage charges Sunday, as his defence lawyers staged a protest walk-out.On Sunday, 20 defendants were brought to court, including Morsi, who was placed in a separate dock with a former aide, and the Brotherhood's supreme guide Mohamed Badie and his deputy Khairat al-Shater.Morsi, who was Egypt's first democratically elected and civilian president, is already on trial for alleged involvement in the killing of opposition protesters in December 2012 .Since July, Egypt's military-installed government has accused Hamas of backing Morsi and his Brotherhood and carrying out terrorist attacks inside Egypt.
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