Ousted Egyptian President: "I Refuse To Be Tried By This Court"

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Egypt's deposed president has defiantly told the court that he is the country's "legitimate" leader and it has no jurisdiction to try him.

In Monday's trial, Mohammed Morsi made his first public appearance since the military coup that ousted him on July 3. The trial was then adjourned until Jan. 8 to allow defense lawyers to review documents.

Since his ouster, Morsi has been held at a secret military location. He was flown by helicopter to the trial venue - a police academy in an eastern Cairo district.

If convicted, Morsi and 14 other defendants in the case could face the death penalty.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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Egypt's state television says the trial of the country's deposed Islamist president on charges of incitement of violence and murder has started.

The report gave no other details on the proceedings against Mohammed Morsi.

The official MENA news agency says that Morsi, who has been held at a secret military location since his ouster in a July coup, was flown by helicopter earlier Monday to the venue of his trial - a police academy in eastern Cairo.

He and 14 senior members of his Muslim Brotherhood are on trial on charges stemming from a riot last December outside Morsi's Cairo palace that left at least 10 dead.

They could all face the death penalty if convicted.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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