Morsi’s defense team to withdraw if its demands are not met
Ousted president Mohamed Morsi with Muslim Brotherhood leaders inside a dock - REUTERS/Stringer

CAIRO: The defense team of jailed Muslim Brotherhood leaders threatened to withdraw if the court does not provide it with adequate time to prepare for their pleadings, lawyer Mohamed al-Damaty told Youm7 Sunday.

The team requested from judge Medhat Idris, the head of Cairo Appeal Court’s technical office, to demand “humane treatment” for the Brotherhood prisoners, Damaty said, adding that the detainees are forced to arrive to the court at 4 a.m. and wait until the trial begins later in the day.

“The fast succession of trial sessions and the lack of adequate time between trials make it difficult to defend defendants. Judgments in these trials should be void if the judiciary deliberately provided lawyers with no time to study the cases,” Damaty said.

Idris promised to review all of the defense team’s requests and make a swift decision, Damaty added.

The next session for the prison break trial is scheduled for April 30. It includes former President Mohamed Morsi and 131 other Brotherhood members, including the group’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and his deputy Mahmoud Ezzat, the head of the group’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Saad Katatni and deputy secretary general of FJP Essam el-Erian.

The case dates back to January 2011, where Morsi is charged with fleeing Wadi al-Natroun prison and, along with other Islamists and prisoners, perpetrating the raid of other prisons.

The session for the trial for espionage and collaborating with Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran is scheduled for Monday. It also involves Morsi and 35 Brotherhood leaders, including Katatni, Badie and his deputy Khairat al-Shater.

Morsi is being tried in a third case for complicity in killing peaceful protesters outside Ithadeya presidential palace in December 2012. The case includes Secretary General of the FJP Mohamed Beltagy and Erian. The next scheduled session will be held on May 3.

Morsi’s fourth case on “insulting the judiciary” has not begun yet.

Reporting by Alaa Radwan.

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