No recognition for Egypt coup, urges Morsi

Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was forcibly removed from office by the military last July following massive demonstrations against his presidency.

No recognition for Egypt coup, urges Morsi

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi has said he would not recognize last summer's "coup" that unseated him,nor would he "barter" the blood of slain revolutionaries, his son Osama quoted him as saying on Wednesday.

"My father asks the Egyptian people for three things: don't recognize the coup, don't back down on the revolution, and don't barter the blood [of slain revolutionaries]," Osama declared via Facebook.

Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was forcibly removed from office by the military last July following massive demonstrations against his presidency.

While Morsi's supporters describe his ouster as a "military coup," his critics term it a "military-backed revolution."

Morsi currently faces multiple criminal charges, including incitement to murder, jailbreak and espionage.

On Wednesday, an Egyptian court adjourned until April 22 trial proceedings for Morsi and 35 others accused of espionage.

At Wednesday's court session, Morsi reiterated that his overthrow by the army last summer amounted to a "military coup," going on to tell judges that the "coup" was destined to failure.

"Please give my greetings to the Egyptian people, to whom I pay tribute for their peaceful revolution," Morsi – speaking froma soundproof glass cage – told the presiding judge.

"I assure the Egyptian people that the coup will eventually fail and its leaders will be held to account," he said.

Morsi and his co-defendants emphatically deny the charges arrayed against them, which they describe as politically motivated.

Last Mod: 17 Nisan 2014, 09:49
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