World Bulletin / News Desk
If ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi agrees to appoint lawyers to defend him in court this will not mean he recognizes the legitimacy of the trial, a senior lawyer has said.
"If he agrees to name a defense team it does not mean he recognizes the trial or relinquishes his constitutional legitimacy," Mohamed al-Damati told Anadolu Agency.
"The defense team will argue that the court lacks the jurisdiction to review the case," he added.
Under the 2012 constitution, suspended by the military when it ousted Morsi on July 3, the president can only be tried before a special court headed by the chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council and top judges.
Al-Damati, along with four other lawyers, including Morsi's son Osama, will visit the ousted president Tuesday in Alexandria's Borg al-Arab prison.
"We will try to convince him to appoint a defense team otherwise the court will pick up a lawyer for him," he said.
Morsi was flown to the maximum-security prison last week after appearing in court with seven other defendants to answer charges that he had incited the murder of demonstrators last year.
Morsi has refused to recognize the trial's legitimacy and has thus far refused formal legal representation.
Under the law, the court must provide a lawyer for a defendant facing criminal charges if the latter fails to do so.
Osama, the older son of Morsi, told Anadolu Agency earlier Sunday that his father will be questioned today on charges of breaking out of jail during the 2011 January revolution.
Morsi also faces charges of "conspiring" with the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance group Hamas to carry out "hostile acts" inside Egypt.
Morsi's supporters insist that all charges against him -- like those leveled against other Islamist leaders -- are politically motivated.Last Mod: 10 Kasım 2013, 15:50