CAIRO: Former President Mohamed Morsi’s trial on charges of inciting the killing of demonstrators outside the Presidential Palace was adjourned Wednesday to Dec. 16.
Morsi isaccused of inciting a number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders to kill and torture protesters in order to disperse their gathering by using weapons, which resulted in 10 deaths. The incidents, known as the Ithadeya events, took place on Dec. 5, 2012.
In the case, there are 14 co-defendants affiliated with Brotherhood group, seven of whom are being tried in absentia.
Wednesday’s hearing was adjourned to Dec. 16 to listen to the pleading of the defense of the 13th defendant, Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagy.
According to Youm7, the prosecution claimed Beltagy gathered people to head to the Ithadeya Palace with weapons to commit the crime. Two other Brotherhood leaders, Essam el-Erian and fugitive Wagdi Ghoneim, also accused in the same case, were accused of inciting violence through their media platforms. The rest of the defendants are accused of inciting the murder of demonstrators on that day.
Morsi is standing trial in a number of cases including espionage charges and an escape from Wadi al-Natrun prison during Egypt’s 2011 uprising. Morsi was accused of another espionage case with charges of collaborating with Qatar, as announced by Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim on March 30, 2014.