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Egypt adjourns Morsi's trial on killing protesters until Feb. 4

English.news.cn   2014-02-02 00:16:20

CAIRO, Feb. 1 (Xinhua) -- The trial of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi on charges of inciting violence and killing protesters has been adjourned by Cairo Criminal Court until Feb. 4, state TV reported Saturday.

The defense team asked the court to adjourn the trial to further study the documents of the case, the report said.

Morsi's lawyer Sileem al-Awaa, an ex-Islamist presidential candidate, asserted that the trial is null as Morsi was tried behind a glass cage, which violates the rules of trying presidents.

Morsi along with other 14 co-defendants belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood are accused of inciting violence and killing protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012, after the announcement of a controversial constitutional declaration which granted the Islamist leader absolute power. The clashes there left eight people dead.

Morsi was airlifted by a helicopter from Borg al-Arab prison in the coastal city of Alexandria early Saturday morning, according to official news agency MENA.

The hearing held at the Police Academy complex in eastern Cairo, where a heavy security presence stood guard.

Saturday's trial marks the third time Morsi has appeared in public since the army removed him from power and put him into custody in early July.

The former Islamist president also faces additional charges related to jailbreak, espionage and insulting the judiciary.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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