An Egyptian court on Saturday adjourned until May 7 a verdict in a case in which deposed Islamist president Mohammad Mursi is charged with harming national security by leaking state documents to his Gulf ally Qatar.
Chief judge of the Cairo Criminal Court Mohammad Shereen announced the postponement decision in a brief statement at a makeshift courtroom at the Police Academy on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital. No reason was cited for the delay.
Mursi and ten others are accused of jeopardising national security by purportedly leaking sensitive state information to Qatar during his one year in power.
Qatar is a staunch backer of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood. Ties have been strained between Egypt and Qatar since the army’s 2013 ouster of Mursi following massive street protests against his rule.
Hearings in the case, dubbed ‘espionage with Qatar’ opened in February 2015. Three co-defendants, including a Jordanian national working for the Doha-based broadcaster Al Jazeera, were tried in absentia.