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Morsi trial postponed for second straight day

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The former president will have hearings on at least five consecutive days this week

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted president Mohamed Morsi holds his poster during a rally in Cairo on November 4, 2013 (AFP FilePhoto)

A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and of ousted president Mohamed Morsi holds his poster during a rally in Cairo on November 4, 2013 (AFP FilePhoto)

The Cairo Criminal Court postponed the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Sunday for the second straight day. The next hearing is scheduled for Monday, according to state-owned Al-Ahram.

During Sunday’s hearing, the court listened to the testimony of three police officials who were working during the fatal December 2012 clashes at the presidential palace, including head of the Heliopolis police station Seif Al-Din Zaghloul.

Morsi and some of the 14 other defendants standing trial before the Cairo Criminal Court attended Sunday’s session at the Police Academy amid tight security.

The defendants, which are charged with inciting the killing of protesters, includes prominent Islamist figures such as Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Chairman Saad Al-Katatny, ultraconservative preacher Wagdy Ghoneim and senior FJP member Mohamed Al-Beltagy.

Monday’s hearing will be the third straight day the Cairo Criminal Court examines Morsi’s case. Morsi, who is also standing trials for allegedly taking part in the jailbreak at Wadi Al-Natroun prison in 2011 and espionage, is scheduled to appear in court for those cases on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.

Morsi and 130 defendants are charged with damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder, attempted murder and looting prison weapon depots in the Wadi El-Natrun prison break.

Meanwhile, the former president is also charged with espionage in a separate case along with 25 others.

Lawyers representing the defence in the prison break case and espionage case had previously requested that new judges be appointed for both trials and that a new panel of judges examines the cases. However, the request was rejected.


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