Morsi says rejects jailbreak trial

Morsi is accused – a long with 130 other Muslim Brotherhood members and leaders – of breaking their jail cells during the uprising that brought the autocracy of ex-President Hosni Mubarak to an end.

Morsi says rejects jailbreak trial

World Bulletin/News Desk

Ousted President Mohamed Morsi said on Saturday that he rejected his trial on charges of breaking his jail cell during the January 25 revolution that erupted in 2011.

During a trial hearing, Morsi added that he had no problem with the judges presiding over the trial, but that he rejected the trial itself.

"My position is firm as it has always been, but sometimes it behooves me to clarify certain matters," Morsi said.

"I do not object to the judges of the trial, but I object to the trial itself," he added.

Morsi is accused – a long with 130 other Muslim Brotherhood members and leaders – of breaking their jail cells during the uprising that brought the autocracy of ex-President Hosni Mubarak to an end.

Defendants in the case are also accused of helping other inmates escape and killing policemen.

On Saturday, Morsi denied the charges leveled against him, noting that he had tried to contact a number of government officials at the time, but to no avail.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader, was ousted by the military in July 2013 – after only one year in office – following protests against his presidency.

He currently faces four separate trials on multiple criminal charges, including espionage, jailbreak and "offending the judiciary."

Morsi, like his co-defendants, insists the charges against him are politically motivated.

 

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