World Bulletin/News Desk
The son of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi blasted an announcement by a Cairo court setting November 4 as the deposed leader's court date, saying his father had refused to stand trial and did not recognize the court's legitimacy.
"The president refuses this trial and does not recognize it or the investigations," Morsi's son Osama told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
"And we [Morsi's family] don't recognize a court that violated [democratic] legitimacy and investigations based on the violation of the constitution and law," he added.
A judicial source has told AA that Morsi's trial would begin next month. The ousted leader faces charges – which supporters say are politically motivated – of killing protesters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace late last year.
It will be Morsi's first court appearance since his July 3 ouster by the military following massive and well-coordinated protests against his presidency.
Osama said that his family was unconcerned about reports of the upcoming trial, which he described as "invalid."
"In terms of its form, the trial is legally and constitutionally flawed," he asserted. "And in terms of substance, I don't recognize the trial or its basis."
Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, has not been seen in public since his ouster and subsequent arrest 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 trialed in absentia.
Former Morsi presidential aides Asaad Sheikha, Ahmed Abdel-Aati and Ayman Abdel-Raouf all face similar charges of "incitement to murder."
Prosecutors allege that the defendants had incited the killing of ten people during last year's clashes outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace.
The ousted president faces several other charges as well, all of which his supporters say are politically motivated.
Morsi is further accused of "conspiring" with Gaza-based resistance faction Hamas with the aim of carrying out "hostile acts" inside 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.Last Mod: 09 Ekim 2013, 16:41