Egypt prosecutor slams 'despotic' Morsi during trial

Morsi and co-defendant Mohamed al-Katatni, the former parliament speaker, appeared unfazed by the prosecutor's speech as they carried out a conversation in sign language from separate defendant's docks

Egypt prosecutor slams 'despotic' Morsi during trial

World Bulletin/News Desk

The Egyptian prosecution accused ousted president Mohamed Morsi Sunday of failing to stop protesters' bloodshed during his rule and even blamed his "despotic policies" for Egypt's current problems.

The accusation came during a session of the trial in which Morsi and 14 others, seven of whom are being tried in absentia, face charges of inciting protesters' murder outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace in 2012.

"Morsi's despotic policies are behind every hardship Egypt is going through," prosecutor Ibrahim Saleh told the judges. "He never cared about the state; he immunized his decisions by recklessly issuing constitutional decrees."

Morsi and co-defendant Mohamed al-Katatni, the former parliament speaker, appeared unfazed by the prosecutor's speech as they carried out a conversation in sign language from separate defendant's docks.

Asaad al-Sheikha, who served as Morsi's deputy chief of presidential staff, performed a number of physical exercises inside his dock, also appearing uninterested in the argument.

Although a total of 11 people – including eight Morsi supporters – were killed in the violence, the trial only addresses the death of one reporter and two anti-Morsi demonstrators.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader, was ousted by the military in July of last year – after only one year in office – following protests against his presidency.

He currently faces four separate trials for multiple criminal charges, including espionage, jailbreak and "offending the judiciary."

Morsi, along with his co-defendants, insists that the charges against him are politically driven.

The trial was adjourned to Monday for the court to continue listening to the prosecution's case, judicial sources said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ekim 2014, 23:31

Muhammed Öylek

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