Morsi absent as trial continues

A major anti-coup group has called for protests on Tuesday in a show of support for ousted president Mohamed Morsi, whose trial on charges of inciting the killing of protesters resumes later in the day.

Morsi absent as trial continues

World Bulletin / News Desk

All defendants facing charges of inciting the murder of protesters last year arrived to Cairo's Police Academy where their trial is set to resume later on Tuesday, except for ousted president Mohamed Morsi, a security source said.

Security was beefed up outside the Police Academy, where the trial is taking place, amid heavy deployment of special forces and anti-riot squads.

No protesters were present in the vicinity of the academy, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter on the ground.

Morsi – along with 14 other defendants, including several high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood leaders – face charges of inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace in late 2012.

Seven of the defendants are being tried in absentia.

Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, was unseated by Egypt's military last July following protests against his one-year presidency.

The ousted leader has since been detained pending trial on multiple charges, which he – along with other defendants in the various cases against him – says are politically motivated.

Morsi insists that he still represents Egypt's legitimate president and has refused to recognize the trial's legitimacy.

Egypt court jails 14 Morsi backers for 'attempting to disrupt constitution vote'

An Egyptian court sentenced 14 supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi late Monday to two years in jail over charges of attempting to disrupt a referendum on the country's amended 2012 constitution last month.

The group were also fined around $7,000 after the court found them guilty of unlicensed protesting, disrupting public security, and trying to hinder the constitutional vote.

The ruling is not final and can be appealed, the defendants' lawyers said.

Egypt's High Election Commission announced last month that 98.1% of 20.6 million voters - 38.6 percent of eligible voters - who cast their ballot on the revised version of the 2012 had endorsed the new charter.

The constitutional referendum was the first step in an army-imposed roadmap for Egypt's political transition following the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi last July.

The plan also envisages fresh parliamentary and presidential election.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which Morsi hails, had boycotted the vote.

Meanwhile, a Cairo court has cut the jail terms of 38 Al-Azhar University students from 18 months in prison each to 12 months on charges of illegal assembly and resisting authorities.

The students were with resisting authorities, illegal assembly and attacking public property during an October protest outside Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

A major anti-coup group has called for protests on Tuesday in a show of support for ousted president Mohamed Morsi, whose trial on charges of inciting the killing of protesters resumes later in the day.

In a statement, the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy called on its followers to rally "outside the courthouse [where Morsi is tried], Egypt's courts and in squares" to show solidarity for the deposed leader.

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