19 January 2014

Egypt's Ex-President Morsi to Face Trial for 'Insulting' Judiciary

Photo: Ahmed Hamed/Aswat Masriya
Opponents of President Mohamed Mursi rallied in Tahrir Square (file photo)

Deposed Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi and 24 other suspects belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood group would face trial on charges of insulting the judiciary, the official Egyptian news agency, MENA, reported on Sunday.

The agency said Morsi and the Brotherhood members, some of them lawyers and activists, are accused of disdaining the judicial authority, offending its men with intention to spread hatred.

The agency report, which did not mention the date for the trial, said this was the fourth time Mr. Morsi was being referred to criminal court.

He is standing trial over charges related to inciting violence and killing protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

He will also be tried over jail break and espionage charges along other top Islamist leaders, accused of spying and revealing classified military information of the country to foreign bodies, including Hamas and financing terrorism.

Mr. Morsi, Egpyt's first democratically elected president, was forced out of office by the military on July 2, 2013. He has remained under detention since.

After his removal, the military installed a civilian interim government and violently cracked down on protests seeking Mr. Morsi's reinstatement, killing more a thousand people.

The army-backed government has outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood, branding it a terrorist organization while it continues to crackdown on pockets of protests by the group's supporters.

During his first court appearance, Mr. Morsi told the judge he remained the president and therefore the court lacked the powers to try him.


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