Court postpones Mursi palace clashes trial

Monday 25-08-2014 03:06 PM
Court postpones Mursi palace clashes trial

CAIRO, Aug 25 (Aswat Masriya) An Egyptian court postponed on Monday the trial of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi over violent clashes by the presidential palace to October 11.

Mursi is accused, alongside 14 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, of killing, torturing and inciting violence against protesters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace during his tenure in December 2012. 

The public prosecution and the civil plaintiffs are scheduled to testify in court during the next session. 

The trial will resume amid a gag order against media coverage, imposed since April.

Other defendants in the case include senior Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and Brotherhood leaders Essam el-Erian and Mohamed El-Beltagy.

Clashes erupted between Mursi supporters and anti-Mursi protesters outside the presidential palace in Cairo on December 5, 2012, leaving over 10 killed. Protesters were holding a sit-in against a constitutional declaration issued by Mursi in November, criticised for giving him sweeping powers.

The former president, ousted since July 2013, is implicated in a group of other court cases. He is being tried for escaping from the Wadi al-Natroun prison during the 18-day January 25 uprising in 2011, insulting the judiciary, and espionage. 

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