Egypt’s former top officer to testify in Mursi trial today

February 05, 2014 - 6:41:35 am
CAIRO: An Egyptian court will begin hearing testimonies in the murder trial of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Mursi from today, when a former top military officer will give evidence.

In the brief session yesterday, the court decided to convene again today to hear testimony from the former head of the military’s Republican Guard, the unit tasked with providing security for Egypt’s presidents.

Mursi was present in the court, inside a soundproof glass dock to prevent him from interrupting proceedings with defiant outbursts, as he had done in previous hearings. Mursi and 14 co-defendants, including former aides, are accused of inciting the killing of opposition activists outside the presidential palace in December 2012, an incident that hastened his overthrow by the military almost seven months later.

The Islamist, dressed in white prison garb, gestured at the court with a four fingered salute, the symbol of an Islamist protest camp violently dispersed by police in August in an operation that killed hundreds. He had insisted in past hearings that he is still the legitimate president.

Mursi faces four separate trials, on charges ranging from contempt of the judiciary to plotting an elaborate conspiracy involving Iran and Palestinian militants to conduct attacks in Egypt. AFP