x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Morsi’s incitement to murder trial to start November 4

The trial of Egypt's deposed Islamist president on charges of inciting the murder of protesters will start on November 4.

CAIRO // The trial of Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi on charges of inciting the murder of protesters will start on November 4, the official Mena news agency reported Wednesday.

Mr Morsi will stand trial with 14 other defendants over the killings of protesters outside his presidential palace in December 2012, almost seven months before he was toppled.

At least seven people were killed in the clashes on December 5 between the Islamist’s loyalists and his opponents after he passed a temporary decree placing his decisions beyond judicial review.

Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood claimed that most of those killed were Islamists. The clashes broke out after Brotherhood supporters dispersed a sit-in outside the palace by Mr Morsi’s secular leaning opponents.

Mr Morsi’s co-defendants will include several of his aides and Brotherhood leaders.

The military has detained Mr Morsi in a secret location since his overthrow on July 3. The other defendants have been jailed since then or are on the run.

* Agence France-Presse