Egypt's deposed president Morsi appoints defence lawyer

Ahram Online , Tuesday 28 Jan 2014

Egypt's toppled president Mohamed Morsi has appointed Islamist thinker Mohamed Selim El-Awa as his defence lawyer in his jailbreak trial.

In a separate trial for inciting violence, Morsi repeatedly refused to appoint a lawyer, saying he did not recognise the court's authority.

El-Awa, a candidate in 2012 presidential election, defended several Muslim Brotherhood members during the reign of longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. But he has denied being officially affiliated to the group.

He was also legal advisor to the moderate-Islamist Wasat Party, a close ally of the Brotherhood.

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