Morsi likely not to attend Tuesday trial session

Defense lawyers expected that Morsi and other defendants would not appear in the Tuesday session.

Morsi likely not to attend Tuesday trial session
Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi will mostly likely not attend the Tuesday session of his trial on charges of inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators outside the presidential palace in late 2012, legal experts believe.
 
"The absence of president Morsi and other defendants is very likely," Mohamed al-Damati, spokesman for the defense team of other defendants, told Anadolu Agency.

On Saturday, the North Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the trial to Tuesday to enlist the services of a technical committee from the Egyptian Radio and Television Union to examine CDs submitted by the prosecutors.

The CDs contain footage of clashes that took place outside the presidential Ittihadiya Palace in December 2012 between Morsi's opponents and supporters when he was still in office.

Al-Damati said the Tuesday session would be procedural for the technical committee members to take their oath before the presiding judge, which is a formality that does not require the presence of the defendants.

Ali Kamal, another defense lawyer, also expected that Morsi and other defendants would not appear in the Tuesday session.

"It's very likely the oath-taking ceremony for the committee members would be administered inside the judges' office," he told AA.

Morsi – along with 14 other defendants, including several high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood leaders – face charges of inciting the murder of protesters outside Ittihadiya.

Seven of the defendants are being tried in absentia.

Morsi was removed from office by Egypt's military last July following protests against his presidency.

The ousted leader has seen been jailed pending trial on multiple charges.

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

AA
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