World Bulletin / News Desk
During Tuesday's court session, ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and his 25 co-defendants raised the four-fingered Rabia salute – which commemorates hundreds of demonstrators killed last summer during the bloody dispersal of an anti-coup protest camp – and shouted chants in support of the ousted president.
The defendants, who appeared in a soundproof glass cage, complained they could not follow proceedings and gave their backs to the bench in protest. This prompted the presiding judge to warn them that their action could be considered "disrespectful" to the court.
The trial was resumed after another court earlier this month turned down a request by defense lawyer Mohamed Abu-Leila – who represents several of the trial defendants, including leading Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed al-Baltagi and preacher Safwat Hegazi – for the appointment of new judges.
Morsi and 130 co-defendants are accused of involvement in a mass jailbreak during Egypt's 2011 uprising that led to the ouster of autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.
Morsi also faces two other trials in which he is charged with espionage and inciting the murder of anti-government protesters in late 2012.
During all previous court appearances, Morsi – who won 2012 presidential polls only to be ousted by the army last summer on the back of protests – has insisted that he still represents Egypt's "legitimate" president.
Like all of his co-defendants, Morsi insists that the charges arrayed against him are politically motivated.
The trial was adjourned until April 23.
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