Cairo Criminal Court postponed Monday the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and fourteen others charged with inciting the murder of protesters outside the Presidential Palace in December 2012.
The next session of the trial, which is one of four featuring the ousted president, will resume on 16 October. The coming session of the trial will hear the final arguments of the public prosecutor.
The 15 defendants in the trial, which took place at the Police Academy in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement, include notable Islamist including: Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie; Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Chairman Saad Al-Katatni; ultra-conservative preacher Wagdy Ghoneim; and senior FJP member Mohamed Al-Beltagy.
Originally scheduled for 28 January, the trial has recently faced repeated delays. Monday will be the third consecutive day of hearings in the case. It was temporarily postponed on Saturday and Sunday.
Morsi is also co-defendant in three other trials: escaping from Wadi El-Natrun Prison on 28 January 2011, insulting the judiciary, and for espionage by working with foreign Islamist groups to “create chaos” in Egypt.
Morsi has been in custody since his ouster by the military in July 2013. Until his first appearance in court on 4 November, his place of detention was unknown.
He is yet to receive a verdict in any of his trials.