Egypt Morsi to stand trial on November 4th

Egypt Morsi to stand trial on November 4th
Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:23:09

An Egyptian court has set November 4 for the trial of Mohamed Morsi for inciting the murder of protesters, a move likely to further anger the ousted Islamist president's supporters.

Morsi and 14 others are reportedly charged over the incitement for killings of protesters outside his palace last December, the official MENA news agency reported.

Prosecutors have charged Morsi, who has been held incomunicado since the July 3 coup, with "inciting his supporters to commit premeditated murder" during December 5 clashes outside his palace.

He will stand trial before a Cairo district court, MENA reported.

The December fighting erupted when Muslim Brotherhood supporters of the president dispersed a sit-in outside the palace by people angered over Morsi issuing a decree placing his decisions beyond judicial review.

Seven people were killed.

The Brotherhood said that most of those killed were Islamists, an assertion disputed by his opponents. At least one of the victims was an anti-Morsi journalist.

The co-defendants include several of the former president's aides and Brotherhood leaders, also in jail or on the run.

Following the coup, security forces launched an extensive crackdown on Islamists that has killed more than 1,000 people.

In September, a court banned the Brotherhood and ordered its assets seized, and there have been mass arrests of its members.

And on Wednesday, the cabinet ordered the dissolution of a non-governmental organization linked to the Brotherhood, state media reported.

For weeks now, Morsi supporters have been taking to the streets to demand his release and his reinstatement. Clashes with security forces and their civilian backers on Sunday killed 57 people.

Much of the Brotherhood's leadership, including Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, are standing trial on other charges raised by military rulers.

Hundreds of Islamist loyalists and several dozen security personnel were killed on August 14 in clashes that erupted after security forces violently broke up two pro-Morsi protest camps set up in Cairo.

The upcoming trial is likely to further cement a stalemate between Morsi's supporters, who are demanding his release, and the new military-installed government.

More than three months after the coup and ensuing crackdown, the Brotherhood now appears intent on continuing protests in a bid to destabilize the military government.


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