Egypt's Interior minister: New espionage charges for Mursi aide

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The secretary of ousted Islamist Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi has been accused of stealing documents and reports related to national security and trying to smuggle them out of Egypt, Interior Minister Mohammad Ibrahim said on Sunday, Alarabiya reported.

An investigation by security authorities alleged that Amin Abdel Hamid el-Sarfy - the former president's secretary - had tried to smuggle the information through a Muslim Brotherhood operated cell, Cairo-based news site Ahram Online reported the interior minister as saying.

The secretary was arrested in December last year, but had left instructions with his daughter and a Palestinian accomplice, ordering them to pass the documents on to Ibrahim Mohamed Helal, a news section head at Qatari government-owned broadcaster Al Jazeera.

Helal then met with a Qatari official to show him the documents, Ibrahim added.

Ibrahim also said that members of the Islamic militant group Ansar al-Sharia had executed 14 terrorist attacks in the country, which were aimed at army and police personnel.

Mursi and the other Brotherhood figures are currently on trial for breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising against former President Hosni Mubarak and for conspiring with foreign powers and moves to destabilize Egypt.

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