CAIRO — For the second time in a week, prosecutors have brought new charges against deposed Islamist President
Morsi, toppled in July by a popularly supported
In the newest charges, which prosecutors referred to a criminal court on Saturday, the ousted president is accused of masterminding jailbreaks and a series of related offenses. Morsi escaped from prison in 2011, during the uprising against autocratic President
The government has stepped up its efforts to vilify Morsi and his followers in the
In all the legal cases against him Morsi has co-defendants, many of them senior figures in the Brotherhood or his former government. Fourteen were charged along with him in November; 35 others were accused along with him in charges announced Thursday. In the case filed Saturday, there are nearly 120 co-defendants, including a prominent cleric who has broken with Egypt's religious establishment.
Morsi and his supporters have declared that they do not recognize the validity of the court proceedings.