Egypt's Morsi to be tried at Police Academy

Ahram Online , Sunday 3 Nov 2013

A Cairo court said Sunday that Morsi's trial will be held at the same venue in which Hosni Mubarak was trialed

Egyptian Former President Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)

The trial of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi will be held at the Police Academy, on the outskirts of Cairo, an appellate court said on Sunday.

Morsi, who was ousted on 3 July after massive protests against his rule, is due to appear in court on Monday, alongside 14 other senior Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood figures on charges of inciting violence.

If found guilty, Morsi and his co-defendants could face lifetime imprisonment or the death penalty.

His trial is to be held at the same venue in which former president Hosni Mubarak, alongside members of his administration, were tried following the 2011 uprising that deposed him.

Earlier media reports said the hearing would be held in a courtroom at a police institute near Cairo's Tora prison.

Morsi is charged with incitement of murder and violence in the December 2012 Ittihadiya presidential palace clashes. At least eight died in the Ittihadiya clashes, which broke out after pro-Morsi protesters attacked a sit-in held by his opponents.  

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a coalition backing deposed president Mohamed Morsi, reiterated on Sunday their call for supporters to rally at the court on Monday. The statement also warned against airing the trial live on TV.  

An Interior Ministry official said that the ousted president will be flown to the trial by helicopter.   

Heavy security is expected nationwide on Monday. Some 20,000 police officers and soldiers will guard the upcoming trial.

Pro-Morsi groups have staged regular demonstrations since Morsi's popularly-backed ouster in July. Clashes have frequently broken out between protesters, security, and opponents.

University campuses have also witnessed daily demonstrations lately, some of which have escalated into violent conflict. On Wednesday, police stormed Cairo's Al-Azhar University to disperse student protests after clashes erupted with staff members. 

In August, police forcibly dispersed two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo, leaving hundreds dead. Since then, dozens of leading Muslim Brotherhood figures have been arrested, facing charges including incitement of violence.

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