Morsi trial a 'positive step', says Egyptian rights group

Ahram Online, Monday 4 Nov 2013

Trial of former president Mohamed Morsi shows rights violators won't escape justice, says Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights

This image made from undated video posted on the website of the el-Watan newspaper on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 (Photo: AP)

An Egyptian rights group has praised the trial of former president Mohamed Morsi as a positive step towards holding rights violators accountable.

"The trial of Morsi and his aides from the Muslim Brotherhood shows the revolution continues to pressure for those who commit injustice, wrongful imprisonment, torture and killing to be held accountable, just as it pressured the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to put Hosni Mubarak on trial during the first transitional period," the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights said in a statement on Monday.

Morsi and 14 other senior Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood figures are on trial for inciting violence and murder at clashes outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in December 2012.

At least ten died and 600 were injured when pro-Morsi protesters attacked a sit-in held by opponents of a presidential decree which had granted the Islamist leader expanded powers.

Video footage circulated on social media showing Brotherhood supporters abducting, beating and abusing anti-Morsi demonstrators during the clashes.

The group, which is headed by labour lawyer and former presidential candidate Khaled Ali, announced that it had issued a report listing "all crimes committed by Mohamed Morsi during his rule."

It also said the State Commissioners Authority had recognised Jika (Gaber Salah) and Kristy (Mohamed Hussein), killed by police under Morsi, as 'martyrs'. The group had worked to earn such recognition for the two men.

Morsi, who was ousted by the army on 3 July amid mass protests against him, has reportedly announced that he will not recognise the authority of any court, claiming he remains the country's legal president.

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