Morsi Ithadeya trial adjourned to May 20
Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi during his trial - AP

CAIRO:  The Cairo Criminal Court Wednesday adjourned to May 20 the trial of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 14 others in charges of inciting the murder of demonstrators outside Cairo’s Ithadeya presidential palace in late 2012.

The court, which held the first session of the trial Nov. 4, had adjourned in order to hear more witness testimonies in a closed session on the new date. The chairman of the court, Ahmad Sabry, decided April 6 to ban the media from attending the trial to “protect national security.”

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 investigation indicates that in response to the peaceful protests against the constitutional declaration, and Morsi supporters are accused of using violence force against protestors, 54 of which were kidnapped, tied up to the palace gates and tortured.

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.




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