Ousted Egyptian president Morsi's trial set to resume

Morsi's son was also prevented from boarding a plane to Qatar.

Ousted Egyptian president Morsi's trial set to resume

World Bulletin / News Desk

The fifth hearing in the trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and others on charges of inciting the murder of protesters in 2012 is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, after judges adjourned the session on Tuesday to summon witnesses.

The judge ordered on Tuesday the summoning of Ahmed Zaki, the former head of the Republican Guard who served under Morsi, among other high-level Republican Guard officials for testimony in Wednesday's hearing.

A security official told Anadolu Agency that police and army forces have set up an "inclusive plan" to secure the court venue in the Police Academy headquarters on the eastern outskirts of Cairo.

The ousted Islamist president and 14 other defendants - including several high-ranking Muslim Brotherhood leaders - face charges of inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators during deadly clashes which broke out between Morsi's supporters and opponents in front of Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace in late 2012.

Seven of the defendants are being tried in absentia.

A total of 11 people were killed in the clashes, but court documentation only mentions one reporter and two anti-Morsi protesters as having been killed on that day.

The Brotherhood, however, said that the remaining eight are group members and called for adding their names to the court documentation.

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 bars Morsi's son from flying to Qatar

Egyptian authorities on Tuesday barred the eldest son of ousted president Mohamed Morsi from travelling to Qatar, his brother said.

"My brother Ahmed was prevented from leaving the country for a business trip," Osama Morsi told Anadolu Agency.

Ahmed, a doctor, was barred by airport authorities from boarding a Doha-bound plane through Borg al-Arab airport in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Osama said that his brother has not been detained.

"There is no reason to prevent my brother from travelling," he insisted.

Egyptian authorities were not immediately available for comment.

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