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Morsi refuses to recognise Egypt court due to try him
Ousted president Mohamed Morsi will not delegate lawyers to defend him in his 4 Nov trial over incitement of murder while pro-Morsi coalition calls for mass protests on the day
Ahram Online , Tuesday 29 Oct 2013
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Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi (Photo: AP)

Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi has refused to recognise a court due to try him next week, declining to delegate lawyers to defend him over murder allegations.

Morsi is due to appear in court alongside 14 others on 4 November on charges of inciting murder and torture during deadly clashes between his supporters and opponents outside the Presidential Palace in December 2012.

"Morsi has appointed no lawyers to defend him because such a move would mean he renounces his legitimacy as the country's elected president," lawyer Mohamed El-Damaty, head of the Lawyers’ Syndicate Freedoms Committee, told Ahram Online.

Morsi, who also faces charges related to his escape from prison during the January 2011 Revolution, has been held at a secret location since his ouster by the army on 3 July following mass nationwide protests against his divisive one-year rule.

In July, a court ordered Morsi's detention for questioning over his alleged collusion with Palestinian militants in prison breaks and attacks on police stations during the revolution.

"No lawyers will be defending president Mohamed Morsi, neither Egyptians nor foreigners, because the president does not recognise the trial or any action and processes that result from the coup," AFP quoted a pro-Morsi coalition, led by the Brotherhood, as saying in a Monday statement.

The pro-Morsi group, named the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy, said a team of Egyptian lawyers would be attending the trial with Morsi, but only "to observe proceedings, not to defend him."

The coalition has called for mass demonstrations on the day of the trial, raising the prospect of a violent showdown in the deeply divided country.

Security forces have mounted a broad crackdown on Morsi's Brotherhood since his deposition, arresting most of the group’s upper echelons, including its highest authority Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie. Several thousand Islamists have also been rounded up over the past three months.
 





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Samantha Criscione
30-10-2013 03:37pm
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Concerning Morsi's little tantrum: Is it any wonder?
When Morsi was president, he and his Brotherhood handlers attempted to destroy the Egyptian courts by trying, in August 2012, to overthrow by decree the courts' ruling on the illegality of parliament; by his November 2012 decree making his decrees immune to court evaluation; and by sending thugs to terrorize the Supreme Constitutional Court on December 2, thus preventing the Supreme Court Justices from entering the Court building, where they were scheduled to rule on the legality of the Constituent Assembly, and consequently, on the legality the Morsi/Brotherhood constitution. By virtue of these illegal actions he defined himself as a dictator. Having done all that for the Brotherhood when he was president, is it surprising that he throws this little tantrum for the Brotherhood now? -- Samantha Criscione
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Ervin
29-10-2013 07:40pm
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again bad
He is again proving to be very stubborn. It is this mistake which caused his fall, this trench mentality, US (the Ikwan) VS all the world. He's again proving to be a puppet in the hand of Shater and Badie. If he's innocent for what he's accused, why he doesn't show up in court? You can say, Nay, the court is corrupted and would anyway make him plea guilty. He's simply afraid, which makes me think that he's guilty for what he's being accused.
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Ervin
30-10-2013 03:30pm
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hahaha
I saw my comment 30 minutes back and it had just 8 negative votes. I checked again now and it has 186 negative votes. I wonder, so many people read this old article in such a short time. . . This happened with the other comments here, which critisize Morsi and MB. Or wait, this is perhaps some Ikhwanist, which has discovered a script or a bot to artificially give negative votes. Not being able to face the reality, they turn to cheap means of throwing mud at anyone which critizies them. You are really in the last breath, turning to so cheap things.
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Allen
29-10-2013 06:23pm
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The brotherhoods puppet
He sure did not question the authority of the Muslim brotherhood hoodlums that got him out of jail last time. This guy needs to be in jail for ever with his brotherhood buddies
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Aisha
29-10-2013 05:13pm
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President Morsi is the only legitamate president of Egypt.
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Ervin
29-10-2013 07:36pm
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no
The majority of Egyptians don't think so. The ballot doesn't give you the God's right to rule. He won very narrowly, it'd have been another case, had he won with superiority, 60% and above, for istance. Simple as that.
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John
29-10-2013 05:03pm
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Good
What is the nonsense court making for the Egypt? 10000 THOUSANDS Protesters murderer still ruling and court giving him more chance to kill but enosent morsi still in side. Why court not calling sisi and mubarak? Court must correct your self first.. Trust of public gone from the court
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