Morsi’s Ithadeya trial postponed to June 11
Former president Mohamed Morsi and MB leaders on the first day of Morsi's trial - REUTERS

CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned the trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 14 other co-defendants who are accused of killing and inciting murder against protesters at Ithadeya Palace to June 11, according to Youm7.

The session at the Police Academy was adjourned to resume hearing the prosecution’s witnesses.

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

Seven of the fourteen defendants are being tried in absentia.

The defendants face charges of inciting murder of the demonstrators during the clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters outside the Ithadeya Presidential Palace.

Nine people were killed following protests that broke out around Ithadeya in Heliopolis in Dec. 2012 against Morsi’s constitutional declaration, which granted his decisions immunity against judicial appeals.

Videos of protesters being beaten and interrogated by Brotherhood supporters in the vicinity of the palace went viral on social networking websites.

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

Morsi has been in custody since his ousting from office on July 3. He first appeared in court on Nov. 4, 2013 and the location of his detention remains unidentified.

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