Court delays decision on new judges in Mursi case

March 02, 2014 - 6:08:14 am
CAIRO: An Egyptian appeals court has postponed until tomorrow a request by lawyers to appoint new judges in trials involving ousted Islamist president Mohammed Mursi, judicial sources said.

The court met yesterday and decided to examine the request two days later so that Mursi and his co-defendants could be present, they said.

As it was, Mursi was attending a hearing in another trial, in which he and others are accused of inciting the killings of opposition protesters when he was in office.

Mursi and others are also on trial for breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising against former president Hosni Mubarak and for conspiring with foreign powers and movements to destabilise Egypt. Defence lawyers had requested that the presiding judges in those two cases withdraw, after private conversations between the defendants and their lawyers were allegedly taped and a newspaper leaked one between Mursi and lawyer Selim Al Awa.

Defence lawyers also complained about a sound-proof glass cage in which the accused are held during court hearings, designed to prevent Mursi and other defendants from repeating outbursts that interrupt the proceedings.