Egypt's Morsi To Stand Trial Over Violence

Deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will stand trial on charges of committing and inciting violence, a state prosecutor decided on Sunday.

Egypt's Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat issued a statement referring Morsi and 14 other suspects to the country's Criminal Court in response to the violence that took place around Ittihadiya Palace and resulted in the killing of a journalist and others. The tragic scenes were carried live at the time by satellite channels and various news media.

The charges relate to violence outside the presidential palace last December, after Morsi had ignited protesters' rage by expanding his powers.

Morsi is accused of encouraging his supporters and assistants to commit the crimes of intentionally killing, using violence, terrorizing, using arms and knives, detaining and torturing peaceful protesters.

Morsi is also being investigated over his escape from jail during the 2011 uprising against former leader Hosni Mubarak. He is accused of murder and conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas during the prison break, though no formal charges have been brought in that case.

Morsi was overthrown by the army on July 3, following mass protests against his rule.

Security forces have also killed hundreds of Morsi supporters during protests since he was ousted.

About 100 members of the security forces have also been killed since Aug. 14, when the police used force to break up pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo.


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