Morsi's Ittihadiya trial resumes in Cairo

By Sayed Fathi, Saturday, April 19, 2014

Morsi and his 14 co-defendants are charged with inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators outside the palace

Morsi and his 14 co-defendants are charged with inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators outside the palace

CAIRO – The trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and 14 others on charges of inciting the murder of protesters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in late 2012 resumed Saturday in Cairo behind closed doors.

The judges are expected to hear more testimonies from the prosecution witnesses.

The court has earlier imposed a gag on the eyewitnesses' testimonies, citing national security concerns.

Morsi and his 14 co-defendants – seven of whom are being tried in absentia – are charged with inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators outside the palace.

While a total of 11 people – including eight Morsi supporters – were killed in the clashes, the trial only addresses the death of one reporter and two anti-Morsi protesters.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader, was ousted by the military last July – after only one year in office – following protests against presidency.

He currently faces four different trials for multiple charges, including espionage, jailbreak and offending the judiciary.

Morsi, along with all of his co-defendants, insists that the charges are politically motivated.

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