Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi on Monday appeared in court to face charges – which his supporters insist are politically motivated – of inciting the murder of demonstrators outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace late last year.
Trial proceedings began at 8:30am GMT (10:30am Cairo local time) at the Police Academy in eastern Cairo. The judge later adjourns trial proceedings to January 8.
Following are some of the most important developments of the proceedings.
- Morsi arrives to the courthouse at 7:30am GMT (9:30am Cairo local time) wearing a suit. He is accompanied by his deputy chief of his presidential staff, Assad Sheikha.
- Morsi enters the dock five minutes before the trial begins, looking confident and composed.
- He flashes the Rabaa sign from the dock, drawing applause from his defendants amid chants in his support.
- Morsi exchanges a few words and smiles with the seven defendants who attended Monday's session.
- As the judge takes his seat, Morsi describes the trial as "cover for the military coup," calling on the judiciary not to protect the "destructive, criminal military coup."
- Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagi, also a defendant in the case, denounces the trial as "a farce."
- Judge reads out the names of defendants, including Morsi's.
- Two defendants reject the trial proceedings on grounds that the case had been referred to court by an "illegitimate prosecutor-general."
- Morsi asserts that he is still Egypt's president and asks the court to let him exercise his presidential duties.
- Lawyers for the plaintiffs (i.e., some of those killed in December's presidential palace clashes) chant against Morsi, call for the death penalty.
- The head of Morsi's defense team meets the ousted president before the session is adjourned.
-The court reconvenes at 10am GMT (12pm local time)
-Morsi returns to the dock wearing the same suit after refusing to obey a court order to put on a prison uniform.
- Defense lawyers request the release of the defendants.
- The presiding judge asks Morsi if he accepts Mohamed Selim al-Awa as his lawyer. The ousted leader declines to answer, reasserting that the trial lacked constitutional legitimacy.
- Defendants chant anti-police and anti-military slogans in unison.
- Defense lawyers repeat the assertion that the trial is "invalid". They argue that, according to Egypt's 2012 Constitution (suspended by the army following Morsi's ouster), impeachment of a president requires approval of a parliamentary majority.
- The court reads out the accusations leveled against the defendants, who, citing the trial's illegitimacy, refuse to answer the charges.
- Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam al-Erian addresses journalists in English, directly accusing army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and Egypt's Military Intelligence of killing unarmed demonstrators.
- The judge adjourns trial proceedings to January 8.
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