US media reported last week that the trial of deposed President Mohamed Morsi on charges of inciting the murders of at least three protesters in 2012 has been postponed until February 1 because he did not appear in court. According to a Reuters report:
Jan 08 2014 Reuters CAIRO (CNN) – The trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy on charges of inciting the murders of at least three protesters in 2012 has been postponed until February 1 because he did not appear in court Wednesday.
Morsy is charged alongside 14 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood. If convicted, they could face the death penalty.
The second session in their trial was due to take place Wednesday, after a chaotic opening hearing in November.
One of Morsy’s co-defendants, former Parliamentarian Essam el-Erian, told reporters from the stand before the session that the trial was a ‘political vendetta.’
El-Erian, the vice chairman of the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, was arrested in October.
He said Morsy is still the legitimate elected President and is still not being allowed to meet with lawyers or family.
‘Our stance is still the same. This is an unjust trial. This is an unconstitutional trial,’ el-Erian said.
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The GMBDW reported last week that the Egyptian prosecutor had referred Morsi to a third trial on charges of organizing prison breaks during the 2011 uprising.
For a compendium of the extremist statements made by Morsi, go here.