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Morsi's third trial date set to Jan 28

Cairo: An Egyptian judge said Jan 28 has been set as opening day for the third trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, it is due to organising prison breaks with the help of foreign militants.

Judge Medhat Idriss said the Cairo Appeals Court set the date Thursday.

The jailbreaks took place during the Jan 2011 uprising against Morsi's predecessor.

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.

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