Morsi's trial on murder charges adjourns amid objection

Morsi's trial on murder charges adjourns amid objection
Sat Apr 5, 2014 22:00:35

The trial of military-ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 14 co-defendants on allegations of inciting murder of opposition protesters in 2012 has been adjourned following objections by defense attorney for the repeated use of biased, pro-state witnesses by the prosecution.

The court on Saturday screened a video of Salafist Nour Party spokesman Nader Bakkar criticizing the Muslim Brotherhood, as part of footage made available by the Egyptian state-owned Television and Radio Union on the violence.

During the screening, the defendants turned their back to the court’s judge in objection.

Defense lawyer Mohamed El-Damaty also objected, saying that the Television and Radio Union was not a neutral body and should not supervise the footage.

The trial was adjourned until Sunday to allow the court to inspect witness accounts.

Morsi, his presidential aides, and senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders, are accused of inciting the murder and “torture” of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

At least ten people were killed during protests in December 2012, triggered by a presidential decree that expanded then-president Morsi's powers.

Video footage of the deadly clashes prepared by a technical committee from the state broadcaster is being reviewed.

Morsi, Egypt’s only freely-elected president who was removed from power by the army in July 2013, is currently facing four separate trials.

Much of the group's upper echelons are behind bars and facing trials for inciting violence and other trumped up charges brought by the country’s military-installed judiciary.

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