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Morsi trial postponed to Sunday

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Former president is on trial, along with 14 other prominent Islamist leaders, for inciting the killing of demonstrators

An image grab taken from Egyptian state television shows deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in the accused cage in a makeshift courtroom inside a police academy on the outskirts of Cairo on January 28, 2014  during his trial on charges of breaking out of prison during the 2011 uprising against veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak. Morsi is being tried with 130 others, including members of his banned Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas and Lebanon's Shiite militant group Hezbollah.   AFP PHOTO / EGYPTIAN TV == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / EGYPTIAN TV" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

An image grab taken from Egyptian state television shows deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in the accused cage in a makeshift courtroom inside a police academy on the outskirts of Cairo on January 28, 2014 during his trial on charges of breaking out of prison during the 2011 uprising against veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak. Morsi is being tried with 130 others, including members of his banned Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist Palestinian movement Hamas and Lebanon’s Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
AFP PHOTO / EGYPTIAN TV == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / EGYPTIAN TV” – NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

One of ousted president Mohamed Morsi’s trials Saturday was postponed to Sunday. The former Muslim Brotherhood leader, charged with inciting the killing of demonstrators, is standing trial with 14 other prominent Brotherhood and Islamist notables including Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Chairman Saad Al-Katastny, ultraconservative preacher Wagdy Ghoneim, and senior FJP member Mohamed Al-Beltagy.

Saturday’s hearing, which was held at the Police Academy amid security concerns, was postponed to discuss witness testimonies, according to state-owned Al-Ahram. A screening of videos was scheduled, containing alleged footage of Brotherhood protesters tearing down tents of rival protesters and participating in the fatal clashes that ensued.

The video evidence also includes video of certain figures, including Ghoneim, allegedly inciting violence against the anti-Morsi demonstrators.

Morsi, who has been detained since his ouster last 3 July, is also currently being charged in three separate trials. He is being tried along with fellow Brotherhood members in a trial that the public prosecutor has called “the biggest case of espionage in the history of Egypt”, and faces a litany of charges alleging that the Brotherhood communicated with foreign entities in an effort to create chaos in Egypt.

The ousted president also stands trial with 130 other defendants for charges relating to the prison break at Wadi Al-Natroun on 28 January 2011.

In January, prosecution announced that Morsi and 25 others would be tried for allegedly insulting the judiciary. The case, which has not yet begun, includes a wide range of political and public figures including Brotherhood and FJP members, Salafi leaders, journalists, and non-Islamist politicians and activists.


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