Morsi Trial Posponed Until After New Year


US media is reporting that the trial of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been postponed until January 8th of next year after Morsi and other defendants engaged in a variety of actions challenging the court’s authority. According to an LA Time report:

Mohamed Morsi
Mohamed Morsi

November 4, 2013 CAIRO — Deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his co-defendants shouted their defiance at the judge presiding over their trial on charges of incitement to murder, Egyptian television and witnesses said, prompting the judge to adjourn the proceedings until Jan. 8.

Morsi, who also refused to wear prison-issued garb, repeatedly told the judge he considers himself Egypt’s legitimate president and does not accept the court’s authority, according to accounts in official media outlets.

The court session was not televised, and access was strictly controlled. Even some lawyers were barred from entering. Those allowed inside, including some journalists, were not allowed to bring mobile phones, but accounts filtered out via activists and social media in addition to the official reports.

Outside the heavily fortified police academy complex containing the courtroom, throngs of protesters waved banners with the yellow, four-fingered emblem of opposition to Egyptian authorities’ crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. ‘Down with military rule!’ they shouted in voices hoarse with passion.

The capital was on high alert Monday, with a heavy deployment of security forces in streets and squares. Rolls of barbed wire and rows of police guarded the court venue on Cairo’s eastern outskirts, which was also the site of the trial of Hosni Mubarak, the longtime autocrat who was forced out in a massive popular uprising in 2011.

Morsi, along with 14 other senior figures in the Muslim Brotherhood, faces charges stemming from deadly clashes outside the presidential palace last December, midway through his year in office. His lawyers say that violence broke out because police refused to protect the palace.

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