Morsi’s trial in Ithadeya case adjourned to May 3
Former president Mohamed Morsi and MB leaders on the first day of Morsi's trial - REUTERS

CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Sunday the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi and 14 other defendants, accused of killing and inciting murder against protesters at Ithadeya Palace, to May 3 in order to continue hearing testimonies.

The prosecution has accused the defendants of killing and inciting the killing of protesters outside Ithadeya presidential palace on Dec. 5, 2012, amid clashes that erupted between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and protesters following Morsi’s constitutional declaration issued in November 2012.

It was a closed hearing session and the court has issued a gag-order on the case.

The defendants include Mohamed Morsi, former Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, Freedom and Justice Party Chairman Saad Katatni, senior Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy and Freedom and Justice Party Deputy Chairperson Essam el-Erian, among others.

The court ordered for Erian to be sent to the hospital for a medical check after he complained of back pain, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.

Beltagy was sentenced to a year in prison Saturday for insulting the judiciary.

Morsi also stands trial in three other cases, which include charges of insulting the judicial body, his prison escape during the January 25 Revolution, and espionage in working with foreign Islamist groups, including Hamas.

Morsi has been in custody since his July 3 ouster from office. He first appeared in court on Nov. 4, and the place of his detention remains unidentified.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Abdel Raziq.

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