Morsi's lawyer to urge legal action over leaked conversation

Al-Awa would confirm to the court on Sunday the veracity of a leaked recording of a recent conversation between him and the deposed leader, and would demand legal action, al-Damati said.

Morsi's lawyer to urge legal action over leaked conversation

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's lawyer Mohamed Selim al-Awa would confirm to the court on Sunday the veracity of a leaked recording of a recent conversation between him and the deposed leader, and would demand legal action.

"Al-Awa will use the recording as an evidence that the judge is not in control of what is happening inside the courtroom," Mohamed al-Damati, spokesman for the defense team, told Anadolu Agency inside the courtroom in Cairo's Police Academy shortly before the beginning of trial proceedings for Morsi and 35 others on espionage charges.

Egypt's Arabic language daily Al-Watan released last week an audio recordings of a Morsi-Awa conversation taped during an earlier trial session.

In the conversation, Morsi expected that the army would oust incumbent army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi if he becomes Egypt's next president.

"Those who stage a military coup are always the subject of a later military coup themselves," Morsi purportedly said.

"Cannot you remember?" Morsi added, referring to the fact that Al-Sisi, whom he appointed as the Defense Minister himself, was the driving force of his ouster a few months later.

On Sunday, Morsi is due to appear before court along with others to answer charges of "conspiring" with the Palestinian resistance group Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah to carry out "terrorist acts" in Egypt.

The list of other defendants includes Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie; his deputies Khairat al-Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat; former head of the presidential office Refaa al-Tahtawi; and the latter's deputy, Assad Sheikha.

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