Egypt's Morsi's Ittihadiya trial resumes

Morsi and his 14 co-defendants – seven of whom are being tried in absentia – are charged with inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators during clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters

Egypt's Morsi's Ittihadiya trial resumes

World Bulletin/News Desk

The trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and 14 others on charges of inciting the murder of protesters in 2012 resumed on Sunday in Cairo amid a media blackout ordered earlier by the court.

During the Sunday session, the judges are expected to hear further prosecution testimonies, including one by Ahmed Gamal al-Din, a former interior minister who had been in office at the time of the clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in December 2012.

Trial judges on Saturday heard the testimony of four Republican Guard personnel in the case during a closed-door session, where media personnel were not admitted.

The judges have imposed a media blackout inside the courtroom for Saturday's and Sunday's sessions, citing national security concerns, a judicial source said earlier.

Morsi and his 14 co-defendants – seven of whom are being tried in absentia – are charged with inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators during clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters.

While a total of 11 people – including eight Morsi supporters – were killed in the violence, the trial only addresses the death of one reporter and two anti-Morsi protesters.

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

He currently faces four different trials for multiple charges, including espionage, jailbreak and offending the judiciary.

Morsi, along with all of his co-defendants, insists that the charges against him are politically motivated.

 

Last Mod: 13 Nisan 2014, 14:21
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