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Morsi's trip to court put off due to bad weather: state media

English.news.cn   2014-01-08 17:26:51            

CAIRO, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- The bad weather prevented the Egyptian authorities from transferring ousted president Mohamed Morsi from his prison in Alexandria to the court in Cairo, state media reported Wednesday.

Earlier, the state TV said that Morsi arrived at the court in Cairo along with another 14 defendants to stand trial on charges of inciting violence during his one-year rule. However, it later quoted a top security official in Alexandria as saying that the bad weather held Morsi's helicopter back.

"The helicopter has not taken off and it will not do if the bad weather continues," official news agency MENA quoted General Nasser al-Abd, head of Alexandria's detective department, as saying.

Morsi is due to appear in court on Wednesday over charges of inciting clashes between his supporters and opponents outside the presidential palace in Cairo in December 2012, which left at least seven people dead.

He, who faces additional charges, will also go on trial on Jan. 28 over 2011 jailbreak along with more than 130 members of the Brotherhood, Hamas movement and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. They are accused of storming Wady al-Natroun prison and kidnapping and killing police officers during the 2011 uprising that toppled his predecessor Honsi Mubarak.

On Dec. 25, Egypt's interim government announced Morsi's Brotherhood "a terrorist group," a day after a blast targeting a security department headquarters at Daqahliya province killed at least 17 people.

Editor: Yang Yi
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