Morsi Trial to Resume in Cairo

World | January 8, 2014, Wednesday // 07:51| Views: 743 | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: Morsi Trial to Resume in Cairo Morsi and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood figures are accused of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Egyptian security forces are on high alert for a court appearance in the capital Cairo by deposed President Mohammed Morsi.

Morsi and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood figures are accused of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

He was removed by the army last July after demonstrations against his rule.

His supporters have since held regular protests calling for his reinstatement.

Last Friday at least 11 people died in clashes between police and Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators across Egypt.

Morsi also faces other charges ranging from colluding with foreign militants in a terrorist plot to jail breaking.

Human rights groups have dismissed some of the allegations against him as preposterous.

Egyptian officials insist he will be given a fair trial but lawyers trying to defend Mr Morsi say they have been denied access to him.

Although Morsi won the presidency in a democratic election, he fell out with key institutions during his 13 months in power.

The interim government has since cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood, classifying it as a terrorist organisation and arresting dozens of senior figures.

Morsi's supporters say he and other senior Brotherhood leaders are the victims of politically motivated prosecutions.

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