Egypt court adjourns Morsi jailbreak trial

Egyptian court adjourned Mohammed Morsi jailbreak trial to February 22.

Egypt court adjourns Morsi jailbreak trial
World Bulletin / News Desk 

An Egyptian court on Tuesday adjourned to February 22 the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 130 others charged with participating in a mass jailbreak during Egypt's January 2011 uprising.
 
Along with Morsi, trial defendants include Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie; Badie's deputy, Mahmoud Ezzat; former parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni; and senior group members Mohamed al-Beltagi, Essam Erian and Saad al-Husseini.

The list also includes members of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and Hezbollah, along with prominent Qatar-based Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi – all of whom are to be tried in absentia.

According to a statement issued by investigating judges, 800 foreign operatives crossed the border into the Sinai Peninsula from the Gaza Strip during the 2011 uprising that ousted longstanding president Hosni Mubarak.

The statement goes on to claim that the operatives attacked police and government facilities in Sinai, leaving several policemen dead, before breaking into Wadi Natrun, Abu Zaabal and Al-Marg prisons in northern Cairo.

It also accuses the attackers of killing more than 50 policemen and prisoners before helping their associates escape with more than 20,000 other convicts.
 
'I'm the legitimate president'
 
Mohamed Morsi, during his Tuesday trial session, shouted "I'm the legitimate president of this country" from the glass cage in which he was being held, according to television footage of the court session released by state television.

The footage shows Morsi, in white prison attire, appearing in his own glass cage while 21 other defendants – including Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, former parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni and other Brotherhood leaders – stand in a separate one.

The footage shows Morsi pacing back and forth inside the cage. At one point, he raises his hands and shouts at the presiding judge: "Who are you? Do you know where [I'm being detained]?"

The judge replies by saying "I'm the head of Egypt's criminal court" before cutting off Morsi's microphone as the later prepared to respond.

The footage also shows the other 21 trial defendants chanting "invalid, invalid" as a prosecution representative reads off the names of the 131 defendants accused of participating in a mass jailbreak operation during Egypt's January 2011 uprising.

Last Mod: 29 Ocak 2014, 10:26
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