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Morsi trial postponed to 19 April

Former president completes third of five consecutive days in court for different cases


An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows deposed president Morsi during his trial on charges of breaking out of prison on 28 January 2014 (AFP Photo)
An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows deposed president Morsi during his trial on charges of breaking out of prison on 28 January 2014 (AFP Photo)

The trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 14 others charged with inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012 was postponed again on Monday at the Police Academy.

The Cairo Criminal Court also postponed the two previous sessions in order to allow the court to hear more witness testimonies. State-owned Al-Ahram reported that the court would convene on 19 April to hear the rest of the prosecution’s witnesses.

The defendants, , include prominent Islamist figures such as Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Chairman Saad Al-Katatny, ultraconservative preacher Wagdy Ghoneim and senior FJP member Mohamed Al-Beltagy.

The court continued to listen to the testimonies of three police officials who were working at the time of the deadly clashes outside the palace, including head of the Heliopolis police station Seif Al-Din Zaghloul, according to Al-Ahram.

Monday was the third of five consecutive days in court for the former president, who will appear in court on Tuesday and Wednesday for allegedly taking part in the jailbreak at Wadi El Natrun Prison in 2011 and espionage, respectively.

Morsi and 130 others are charged with damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder, attempted murder and looting prison weapons depots in the Wadi El Natrun prison break.

The former president and 25 others are facing a separate trial, having been charged with espionage.

Lawyers representing the defence in the prison break and espionage cases had previously requested that new judges be appointed for both trials and that a new panel of judges examine the cases. However, the request was denied.

 

 

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