Court sets November 4 for start of Morsi's trial

The ousted president also faces several other charges, which his supporters say are politically motivated. Morsi refuses trial, does not recognize court, son says

Court sets November 4 for start of Morsi's trial

World Bulletin/News Desk

 An Egyptian court has set November 4 for the start of ousted president Mohamed Morsi's trial on charges of killing protesters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace last year, a judicial source told Anadolu Agency.

It will be Morsi's first court appearance since the military deposed him on July 3 following mass protests against his presidency.

The Cairo Appeals Court is yet to announce the location of the trial or regulations regarding attendance by lawyers and media personnel, the source said.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, has not been seen in public since his ouster more than three months ago.

His whereabouts remain unknown.

Also standing trial on November 4 will be senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed al-Beltagi and Essam al-Arian, the latter of whom will be tried in absentia.

Former Morsi presidential aides Asaad Sheikha, Ahmed Abdel-Aati and Ayman Abdel-Raouf all face similar charges of "incitement to murder".

Prosecutors claim the defendants incited the killing of ten people during clashes outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace late last year.

The ousted president also faces several other charges, which his supporters say are politically motivated.

Morsi is also accused of "conspiring" with Gaza-based resistance faction Hamas to carry out "hostile acts" in Egypt.

Morsi faces additional charges of helping prisoners – including himself – break out of jail during Egypt's 2011 revolution, sabotaging public property and abducting security personnel.

 

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