Prison visit not 'legitimize' Morsi trial: lawyer

The planned visit triggered criticism from supporters of the ousted president, who argued that the visit would "legitimize" the trial.

Prison visit not 'legitimize' Morsi trial: lawyer

World Bulletin/News Desk

A member of ousted President Mohamed Morsi's defense team has denied that a planned visit to the deposed leader in prison will "legitimize" his trial.

"President Morsi is not yet legally represented by any lawyer," Osama al-Hellou told Anadolu Agency.

"This means that he (Morsi) does not recognize the legitimacy of the trial," he said.

On Saturday, the defense team of the ousted president got a permission to meet him in Alexandria's Borg al-Arab prison.

But the planned visit triggered criticism from supporters of the ousted president, who argued that the visit would "legitimize" the trial.

Al-Hellou said that the visit aims to know Morsi's opinion about having a legal representation before the court.

Morsi was flown to Alexandria's Borg al-Arab Prison Hospital last week after appearing in court with seven other defendants to answer charges that he had incited the murder of demonstrators last year.

The court session was Morsi's first public appearance since his ouster more than four months ago. Since then, he has been held at an undisclosed location by Egypt's military-backed authorities.

Trial proceedings were postponed to January 8 after defense lawyers requested more time to examine documentation related to the case.

Morsi, for his part, has refused to recognize the trial's legitimacy and has refused formal legal representation.

The ousted leader told the presiding judge that he still represented "Egypt's legitimate president."

Last Mod: 09 Kasım 2013, 17:51
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