Egypt's ousted leader Morsi to appear in 'glass cage' in trial

According to the state television, all defendants held by the Egyptian authorities arrived at the courtroom for the trial session, slated to kick off at 8am GMT.

Egypt's ousted leader Morsi to appear in 'glass cage' in trial

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and other defendants will appear in a "glass cage" on Tuesday in the first session of their trial on charges of breaking out of prison during Egypt's 2011 uprising.

"Morsi and other defendants will stand in a glass cage in order to control their speeches and prevent chants and applause during the court proceedings," a security source told Anadolu Agency.

Of the 131 defendants, only Morsi and 21 other Egyptians are expected to be present at the court session on Tuesday.

Judge Shaaban al-Shami, the head of the Cairo Criminal Court, decided earlier today to allow Egyptian state television to air the proceedings live "to allow the public to follow what is happening inside the courtroom."

Along with Morsi, other defendants in the case 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 Lebanese militant faction Hezbollah, along with prominent Qatar-based Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

According to a statement issued by investigating judge Hassan Samir, 800 foreign operatives crossed the border into the Sinai Peninsula from the Gaza Strip during Egypt's January 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 allegedly 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 inmates.

Defendants to use sign language to outsmart cage

Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi is expected to use body and sign language to convey messages during his Tuesday trial on charges of jailbreak during the Egypt's 2011 uprising to outsmart the "glass cage" designed to silence him during the court session.

"Morsi and the other defendants would resort to sign language to convey their messages to the court and the Egyptian people," Hassan Saleh, a lawyer who represents other defendants in the same case, told Anadolu Agency.

"The glass cage installed at the courthouse is against the law, which stipulates that defendants have the right to speak to judges, defense lawyers and plaintiffs," he insisted.

On Monday, a security source said Morsi and other defendants would stand in a glass cage in order to "control their speeches and prevent chants and applause during the court proceedings."

Morsi, other defendants arrive at court
 
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and other defendants  arrived at Cairo's Police Academy to attend the first session of their trial on charges of breaking out of prison during Egypt's 2011 uprising.

According to the state television, all defendants held by the Egyptian authorities arrived at the courtroom for the trial session, slated to kick off at 8am GMT.

It also accuses the attackers of killing more than 50 policemen and prisoners before helping their associates escape with more than 20,000 other inmates.

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