Egypt denies watchdog request for Morsi trial

The organization said the rejection of its demand to attend the trial of the ousted president sends negative signals about what might happen in the trial as well as its outcome.

Egypt denies watchdog request for Morsi trial

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Egyptian authorities had turned down a request by a delegation from rights watchdog Alliance for Freedom and Dignity International to attend the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, the organization said.

The authorities had turned down the request for the attendance of the delegation, which contains 15 foreign lawyers and legal experts, at the last minute, the Brussels-based group added in a statement.

The organization said the rejection of its demand to attend the trial of the ousted president sends negative signals about what might happen in the trial as well as its outcome.

Egyptian officials were not avaliable for comment on AFD International's statement.

Legal sources, however, said earlier that an international legal delegation had submitted a request at the Egyptian Appeals Court to attend as observers the first session of Morsi's trial, due on Monday.

The delegation, which is due to arrive in Cairo later on Sunday, will also pay visits to several Egyptian prison facilities to examine conditions therein. Its agenda also includes meetings with Egyptians affected by the unrest that has plagued the country since Morsi was ousted by Egypt's military establishment on July 3.

It also plans to hold a press conference at one of the hotels in Cairo at the end of its visit to present the results of the visit, the legal sources said, adding that the delegation will file a report about its visit to Egypt to the United Nations and international rights organizations.

Morsi is due to make his first public appearance since his July 3 ouster in court on Monday to face charges of inciting the killing of demonstrators outside the presidential palace on December 5 when he was president.

The trial is expected to be held at a police institute, which is located in close proximity to the Tora Prison in the south of Cairo, according to media reports. However, the authorities have not announced the trial's venue yet.

Morsi's family had earlier announced that it does not believe in the legality of the trial.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Kasım 2013, 15:49
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