Egypt court delays Mursi’s trial for murder until today

April 06, 2014 - 1:36:18 am

CAIRO: A court in Egypt adjourned the murder trial of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi until today, when it will hear “decisive” testimony from senior security officials.

The case is part of a relentless crackdown against Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement since the military ousted him on July 3, ending a turbulent single year in office.

Mursi and 14 co-defendants are charged with involvement in the killing of opposition protesters outside a Cairo presidential palace in December 2012.

At today’s hearing, testimony is expected from the former head of the military’s Republican Guard, the unit tasked with providing security for Egypt’s presidents.

The court will also hear from three other top Republican Guard officials and from the head of Mursi’s personal security detail.

“The five witnesses are decisive as they were the closest to Mursi and his aides,” Ramy Ghanem, a lawyer for a civilian wounded in the clashes, told AFP. During pre-trial questioning, the head of the Republican Guard told prosecutors that Mursi called him the night before the clashes.

He said he was ordered to disperse a sit-in by Mursi opponents near the presidential palace within an hour but had refused to do so because it could lead to casualties. AFP