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Delegation urges Morsi to appoint defence lawyer

Five-member delegation – including his son Osama - visits toppled leader Mohamed Morsi at Borg Al-Arab prison to encourage him to appoint a defence lawyer

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Nov 2013
Ousted former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi stands in a cage in a courthouse on the first day of his trial, in Cairo, in this still image taken from video provided by Egypt's Interior Ministry on November 4, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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A delegation has urged former president Mohamed Morsi to appoint a defence lawyer – something he has so far refused to do.

The five-member delegation included the ex-leader's son Osama Morsi, Lawyers’ Syndicate freedoms committee head Mohamed El-Damaty and Islamist thinker Mohamed Selim El-Awa.

After the meeting, El-Damaty refused to take questions from journalists and said the delegation would hold a press conference upon its return to Cairo.

Morsi, 62, who was toppled by the army in July after mammoth protests against his rule, is being tried for incitement to murder, which could result in the death penalty.

In the first trial session last week, Morsi refused to recognise the court and declared he was still Egypt's legitimate president.

On Monday, El-Damaty said, "The visit is meant to talk [Morsi] into appointing a lawyer to avoid having the court appoint one for him. This won't mean acknowledging the court or renouncing his legitimacy as president."

Under Egyptian law, criminal courts delegate a lawyer if a defendant refuses to do appoint one himself. Defendants are not allowed to represent themselves.

Morsi had been held incommunicado by the army since his ouster on 3 July, but he was sent to the heavily guarded Borg Al-Arab prison near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria on 4 November. The trial, which saw the first public sighting of the ousted president since his overthrow, was adjourned to 8 January.

Lawyers plan to challenge the court's jurisdiction on the grounds that the country's president shall not be tried without the consent of parliament, El-Damaty said.

Last week, security officials allowed Morsi a family visit, the first since his removal.

Hundreds of people were killed in the months that followed Morsi's overthrow, mostly when police forcibly disbursed two protest camps by Morsi supporters. Thousands of his backers have been rounded up, including the upper echelons of his Muslim Brotherhood movement.

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12-11-2013 04:21pm
So they will build the entire defence line on the ground that the president cannot be tried without the parliament? How about challenging the accusations on him that he's not guilty for what he is tried and accused? Or probably they cannot, because he might guilty? They forget that he's not the president any more.
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Mar Eesl
13-11-2013 12:17am
He's not guilty. That's obvious. These charges came out of no where. However the reality is that this government with the judges in it's pocket will attempt to frame him as guilty all the way through. However, that is why they are building a case that this trial is illligetimate. They are holding on to the fact that Morsy was removed illegally, therby making the case against the entire coup-government. It's not about Morsy. This is a kangaroo court and he will be found guilty no matter what. They are simply using this as a platform for history to show what really happened was against the revolution and against the Egyptian people. Morsy already knows this court will find him guilty no matter what proof or evidence he provides. Just like it found the vast majority of Mubarak regiem figures innocent. Mubark was found guilty for a show. He is now effectively free. The couter-revolution is winning. Heck, I doubt ao will post this comment for fear of getting in trouble themselves. Sad sad

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