CAIRO: The case against ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 13 others was adjourned to Aug. 25 on Wednesday by the Cairo Criminal Court, headed by Judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef. Morsi and the other defendants are charged with inciting violence and attempted murder outside the Ithadeya Presidential Palace, where clashes took place on Dec. 5, 2012.
The trial, held at the Police Academy in Cairo’s Fifth Settlement, was adjourned due to the absence of number of defense lawyers, Youm7 reported.
The 14 defendants include Mohamed Morsi, former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) 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 are charged with inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators during the clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo in late 2012.
Clashes erupted between Brotherhood members and supporters and anti-Morsi protesters on December 5, 2012 outside the Ithadeya palace, leaving 10 dead, including journalist al-Husseiny Abu-Deif, and dozens injured.
Morsi also stands trial in three other cases: insulting the judiciary, escaping from Wadi Natroun prison during the January 25 Revolution in 2011, and espionage to conspire with foreign Islamist groups, including Hamas, to create chaos in Egypt.
Morsi was ousted by the Egyptian army on July 3, 2013 following mass protests calling for the end of his regime and against the Brotherhood.
Additional Reporting by Mohamed Abdel Razaq.