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Thursday 27th February 2020,
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Trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy postponed until Feb 1

Cairo: An Egyptian court adjourned the trial of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, who is facing 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 on Wednesday.

According to reports, Morsi failed to appear before the Cairo court as bad weather didn’t allow his helicopter to take off.

According to state media reports, Morsi couldn’t be flown from his prison in Alexandria to the court in Cairo due to bad weather conditions.

Earlier, the state media had reported that Morsi had arrived at Cairo Police Academy for trial.

Morsi and his 14 co-defendants were to stand trial for inciting the killings of protesters in December 2012.

The hearing was scheduled to take place at National Police Academy complex in Cairo, where thousand of police have been deployed.

Morsi and his 14 Muslim Brotherhood members are charged with inciting the killing of the people who were protesting against Morsi’s referendum on a new Constitution outside the presidential palace. 10 of the protesters were killed when the Muslim Brotherhood attacked a sit-in staged by them.

Earlier Morsi had stood trial for the same on Nov 4, when he had appeared in public for the first time since his ouster in July, but the trial was adjourned for today, i.e., Jan 8 after interruption and chaos.

If convicted, Morsi and the other defendants could face the death penalty.

Also, Morsi and 130 others are due to stand trial on January 28 over a jailbreak during the 2011 uprising.

Morsi,Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was ousted in July in what many Muslim Brotherhood calls a military coup.

Since Morsi’s coup, military-led government has been launching frequent crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood group, arresting many on violence charges.

The government also designated Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation in December last year after an attack at Cairo’s police HQ killed 15.

The Brotherhood has denied any role in the attack and claims that arrests and charges against them are politically motivated.

Morsi, who had earlier appeared in court in a suit, had claimed that he was still the president ofhe nation and that he was being held against his will.

After the coup, thousands of Morsi supporters have rallied demanding his reinstatement, however the government has now branded Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organisation.

 

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