Egypt warns against attempts to break into Morsi trial

Egyptian authorities beef up security measures across the country ahead of the trial.

Egypt warns against attempts to break into Morsi trial

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim warned on Saturday against any attempt to break into the venue of ousted president Mohamed Morsi's trial.

"Security forces will deal firmly and decisively with any law violations," Ibrahim told private daily al-Masry al-Youm.

He said that "forces will use their right to defend Egypt's security, lives, properties and buildings as well as the defendants in the trial".

"The forces will counter any plot by Muslim Brotherhood members," he said.

Morsi, Egypt's first civilian president, is due to appear in court on Monday to face "incitement to violence" charges, allegations supporters say are politically motivated.

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, has called on supporters to protest outside the trial's venue on Monday.

Ibrahim said the interior ministry has prepared several plans to counter any "acts of sabotage" during the trial.

He added that policemen will be ready to react speedily to potential violence in the vicinity of the trial's venue, which is expected to be held in a police academy south of Cairo.

A security source said that around 5,000 policemen will be deployed to protect the site of the trial.

According to the source, army troops will take part in protecting the venue.

Egyptian authorities have already beefed up security measures across the country ahead of the trial.

In Cairo, 22 armored vehicles took their positions in central Cairo's Tahrir Square. Armed vehicles and personnel carriers have also been deployed outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in eastern Cairo.

Army and police also reinforced security measures around vital institutions, worship places and the Suez canal ahead of the trial.

Last Mod: 02 Kasım 2013, 16:45
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