Verdict date set in Mursi's Ittihadiya palace clashes trial

Thursday 08-01-2015 01:42 PM
Verdict date set in Mursi's Ittihadiya palace clashes trial

Ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi stands behind bars during his trial at a court in Cairo, May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer


CAIRO, Jan 8 (Aswat Masriya) – The Cairo Criminal Court announced on Thursday that it will deliver its verdict in the trial of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi and 14 others over complicity in the killing of protesters outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace on April 21.

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

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.

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

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 two separate espionage cases.

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