Morsi’s Ithadeya Palace trial adjourned to May 4
Former president Mohamed Morsi During His Trial - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned to May 4 the trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsi over the violence that broke out in front of Ithadeya Presidential Palace.

The session, which was held at the Police Academy, was adjourned to resume hearing the prosecution’s witnesses, Youm7 reported.

Defendants in the Ithadeya trial include ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders; seven of whom are being tried in absentia.

The defendants are charged with inciting the murder of demonstrators during the clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo late 2012.

The trial was resumed in closed session, after the chairman of Cairo Criminal Court Judge Ahmad Sabry decided on April 6 to forbid the media from attending the hearing sessions in the Ithadeya case “to protect national security.”

In December 2013, the Brotherhood released a statement marking the anniversary of the violent clashes at Ithadeya Palace, stating that the trials were part of a conspiracy against them and the January 25 Revolution.

Morsi also stands trial in three other cases: insulting the judiciary, escaping from prison during the January 25 Revolution, and espionage for conspiring with foreign Islamist groups, including Hamas, to create chaos in Egypt.

Morsi has remained in custody since his July 3, 2013 ouster and until his first court appearance on Nov. 4, his place of detention was unidentified.

Reporting by Mohamed Abdel Razek.

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