World Bulletin/News Desk
A defense lawyer in the trial of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 14 others on charges of inciting the murder of demonstrators outside Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace in 2012 has accused the prosecution of "politicizing" the case.
"The prosecution is acting on a political, not legal basis," Mohamed al-Damati, who represents Asaad al-Sheikha, a former aide to Morsi, told the court on Tuesday.
He said that investigations conducted by national security officer on March 7 when Morsi was still in power were "inconsistent" with those recorded on June 27 – three days before the June 30 mass protests that led to Morsi's ouster by the military.
Morsi and 14 co-defendants, seven of whom are being tried in absentia, stand accused of inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace in late 2012.
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.
The judge has decided to adjourn the trial until Thursday to hear the defense of other defendants.
Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected leader, was ousted by the military last July – after only one year in office – following protests against his presidency.
He currently faces four different trials for multiple charges, including espionage, jailbreak and "offending the judiciary."
Morsi, along with all of his co-defendants, insists that the charges against him are politically motivated.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Aralık 2014, 22:54