Morsi trial starts in tense Egypt

CAIRO - Egypt's ousted former President Mohammed Morsi has arrived in court in Cairo where he is due to go on trial, state media say.

He and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood figures face charges of inciting the killing of protesters in clashes outside the presidential palace.

Security services are on high alert after supporters of the former president called for major protests.

Mr Morsi was ousted by the military in July after protests against his rule.

According to state TV, he arrived at the courtroom, inside the Police Academy in Cairo. Other key Brotherhood figures, Essam el-Erian, Mohammed al-Beltagi and Ahmed Abdel Aati are also there.

While Mr Morsi was airlifted into the compound by helicopter, other defendants were said to have been brought in by armoured personnel carriers.

The former president was seen from a distance in civilian clothes, Egyptian radio reported - his first appearance in public since he was ousted on 3 July.

The trial had been due to take place at Tora prison on the other side of Cairo but had been switched late on Sunday, apparently to deter protesters.

Comments (1)

These days it's a crime to be an Egyption president. Why do people still want that job? That country is a military dictatorship.

machakachaka - 4 November 2013

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.