No evidence against Morsi: Legal spokesperson

Ahram Online , Thursday 31 Oct 2013

'No evidence' against former president Mohamed Morsi, who still regards himself as Egypt's elected leader, lawyer asserts ahead of trial

The legal spokesperson of deposed president Mohamed Morsi has dubbed the trial of his client and other leading Muslim Brotherhood members as politically motivated cases facing a lack of evidence.

"There is no evidence in Morsi's 4 November trial. Besides the homeland security investigation report and the reports from criminal investigations, no other evidence is available," Mohamed El-Damaty told Al-Ahram's Arabic website on Thursday, adding that these reports were biased and not to be trusted.

The first session of Morsi's trial is to be held on 4 November in Cairo. The ousted president and Muslim Brotherhood members are standing trial for incitement to kill opponents during the December 2012 presidential palace clashes.

"Morsi's trial should be guided by certain conditions, according to the 2012 constitution. The constitution is clear that two-thirds of the People's Assembly must approval a presidential trial, which must be held in a special court under the president of the appeals court," El-Damaty added.

The spokesperson said that the legal defence team did not know whether or not the ousted president will attend the trial, asserting that Morsi does not recognise the court's authority.

"Mohamed Morsi refused a lawyer during the prosecution's investigation, as he still regards himself as the elected legitimate president of Egypt," El-Damaty added. 

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