CAIRO: The trial date for former President Mohamed Morsi and 14 Muslim Brotherhood leaders, who face charges of inciting murder outside Ithadeya palace in December 2012, was adjourned to March 6 by North Cairo Criminal Court so that new judges can be selected for the trial.
Upon the entry of the defendants into the courtroom, prominent Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagy raised his hand and held up the Rabaa al-Adaweya sign before greeting the defense team.
Morsi then entered the defendant’s cage, which was followed by the judge’s entrance into the courtroom. Technicians from Egypt’s Radio and TV Union were supposed to present their video evidence of the events at Ithadeya to the prosecution.
In his speech to the presiding judge, lawyer Mohamed al-Damaty, a member of the defense team, criticized the pace of the trial and commented on the defense’s request to change one of the judges due to his comments on television regarding the trial.
On Feb. 24, the defense team of Brotherhood leaders Mohamed el-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy requested for the case to be halted until the request is considered by the court.
The session was supposed to be held on March 1 but was postponed due to bad weather.
In December 2012, at least eight people died when clashes erupted near Ithadeya presidential palace during an anti-Morsi protest over his November 2012 constitutional declaration.
The defendants are accused of inciting violence and ordering the killing of opponents outside the presidential palace.
Originally published in Youm7.