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Ousted Egypt leader arrives at prison break trial

Updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 | 11:06 p.m.

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's state news agency says toppled President Mohammed Morsi has arrived in Cairo for a trial over prison breaks in 2011.

The MENA report Tuesday said Morsi flew by helicopter from Borg al-Arab prison in Alexandria, while some 130 others were driven to Cairo.

The case is rooted in the 2011 escape of more than 20,000 inmates from Egyptian prisons — including Morsi. Also charged are members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas and the Lebanese group Hezbollah.

A lawyer has said the trial appears aimed at "denigrating" Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood group.

It is Morsi's second court appearance since Egypt's popularly backed July 3 military coup. He missed a Jan. 8 hearing in another trial after security officials said bad weather grounded a helicopter meant to bring him.