Egypt's Morsi to stand trial in November

CAIRO - Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi is to go on trial on 4 November on charges of inciting murder and violence, state media report.

The charges relate to the deaths of at least seven people during clashes between opposition protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters outside a presidential palace in Cairo last year.

Mr Morsi will stand trial with 14 other senior figures from the Brotherhood.

He has been detained at a secret location since being deposed on 3 July.

Hundreds of people demanding his reinstatement - mostly Brotherhood supporters - have since been killed in clashes with security forces.

More than 50 died at protests held in several cities on Sunday.
Investigations

On Wednesday, the Cairo Appeals Court ruled Mr Morsi and the other 14 defendants, including Mohammed al-Beltagi and Essam al-Erian, could be tried before a criminal court, the Mena state news agency reported.

State prosecutors had announced last month that they had been charged with incitement in connection with the violence outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on 5 December 2012.

On Wednesday, the Cairo Appeals Court ruled Mr Morsi and the other 14 defendants, including Mohammed al-Beltagi and Essam al-Erian, could be tried before a criminal court, the Mena state news agency reported.

State prosecutors had announced last month that they had been charged with incitement in connection with the violence outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo's Heliopolis district on 5 December 2012.
An opposition protester is helped by police in Cairo (5 Dec 2012) Opposition leaders accused the Muslim Brotherhood of organising the clashes in December

In the incident, thousands of people held a sit-in outside the palace to protest against Mr Morsi's decision to call a referendum on a draft constitution rushed through by an Islamist-dominated assembly.

Brotherhood supporters subsequently responded to a call to rally outside the palace to prevent it being overrun.

Police were accused of doing nothing to intervene as people on both sides threw rocks and fire-bombs. Firearms were also reportedly used.

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