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Riot police stand guard outside the police academy, where the trial of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and members of the Muslim Brotherhood is due to take place, on the outskirts of Cairo February 27, 2014. Mursi and 35 other Islamists were scheduled to go on trial on Thursday to face charges of conspiring with foreign groups. Prosecutors say Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood hatched a “terrorist plan” in 2005 involving the Palestinian Hamas group as well as Shi’ite Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah. Hamas has dismissed the charges as “fabrications and lies”, and the Brotherhood also rejects the allegations, saying it is a peaceful organisation with no links to any violent groups. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh (EGYPT – Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)