|Journalists stand in line to enter the Police Academy, where ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi's second trial session was due to take place, in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 8, 2014. Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Wednesday the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi over inciting killing protesters to Feb. 1 due to the bad weather that prevented his transport to the court, the state TV reported. (Xinhua/Pan Chaoyue)
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CAIRO, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Cairo Criminal Court adjourned on Wednesday the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi over inciting killing protesters to Feb. 1 due to the bad weather that prevented his transport to the court, the state TV reported.
Morsi, who is detained in prison some 60 kilometers from the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, due in court on Wednesday at the Cairo Police Academy for the second session of his trial over charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo during his rule in December 2012, which left at least seven people dead.
"Because of the weather conditions, Mohamed Morsi could not be brought, so the trial will be adjourned to February 1," said presiding judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef.
Earlier, the state TV said that Morsi arrived at the court in Cairo along with another 14 defendants. 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.
During his first appearance in court on Nov. 4, 2013, Morsi insisted that he was still the legitimate president of Egypt. His codefendants condemned the army and chanted against the Judiciary.
"This is unconstitutional trial, as the ousted president is standing trail according to the suspended 2012 constitution, which stipulated two-third of the parliament members should approve trail of the president only when proved of state's treasury," Mohamed Abdel Maguid, a man in his thirties belonging to Morsi's supporters outside the court, told Xinhua.
"The new draft constitution hasn't been endorsed yet, so how could the court try Morsi in accordance to the new charter!" Maguid wandered.
Mohamed Al-Masry, one of the lawyers team defending Morsi told Xinhua seven of the accused who are present Wednesday are on hunger strike since 14 days ago and reaffirmed that they reject this trial. Seven others of the defendants were due to try in absentia.
"The court is political, illegitimate," Amro Soliman, a pro- Morsi supporter told Xinhua that releasing the Islamists detainees, holding new presidential elections very soon, reconciliation among all are the only solutions to avoid civil war and polarization.
At least three armored vehicles were deployed around the police academy. Several protesters backing the Muslim Brotherhood raised photos of Morsi asked for his reinstatement, while other dozens carried photos for the defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who led to the removal of the Islamist leader after massive protests over his one year maladministration on July 3.
On Dec. 25, Morsi's Brotherhood group had been declared by the interim government as a terrorist organization, a day after a blast targeting a security department headquarters at Daqahliya province killed at least 17 people. The decision might bring harsh penalties against its members that might reach long life sentence with hard labor under the panel Code on terrorists.
Outside the courthouse outside Cairo, the same venue for the trial of his deposed predecessor Hosni Mubarak on similar charges, at least 17 loyalist to the Brotherhood have been arrested, MENA added the security forces manage to disperse the protesters raising Rabaa four fingers, which symbolizes political gesture in support of the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in that was dispersed in August by security forces in a crackdown which left hundreds dead.
On Tuesday, Egypt's interior ministry said the high profile trail would be secured by 20,000 police officers.
National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy, a pro-Morsi coalition led by the Brotherhood had called for a "million man march" on Wednesday to coincide with Morsi's trial, but the numbers were very few as the security forces hindered any march to continue.
Else where in Cairo, the protesters sat five cars including a police vehicle ablaze in Nasr city eastern the capital. The protesters burnt the cars' tyres and smashed some car windows during brief clashes. At least 14 people were arrested there.