Mohamed Morsi on trial today
Deposed President Mohamed Morsi will go on trial today, along with fourteen other Muslim Brotherhood members on charges of “inciting the killing” of anti-Morsy protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012. Six people died and more than 450 were injured in the ensuing clashes.
The former president denies the charges, says he doesn’t recognise the legitimacy of the court, argues that he is still President and will not accept legal representation, preferring instead to represent himself.
The trial will take place at the Police Academy, outside of Cairo, the same place that former President Hosni Mubarak was tried two years ago. The venue of the trial was changed late Sunday, presumably to try and thwart mass rallies by pro-Morsi supporters.
Several news stations were reporting this morning that pro-Morsi supporters were already out on the streets protesting and the day is likely to be highly charged across the country.
The State Information Service published the following press release yesterday on the preparations for the trial:
“Interior minister inspects scene of Morsi trial
Sunday, 3 November 2013
Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has inspected a police institute in Torah which will be the scene of the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
He listened to briefings on the security measures to be taken on Monday which will see the beginning of the trial.
Earlier in the day, the ministry of interior issued a statement on its readiness to use all measures under the Egyptian law to protect the lives and institutions of the state.
It also warned against any attempt to damage public institutions or attacks on the security forces.”