Egypt Bar Association picks 3 lawyers to represent Morsi

Egypt's bar association chose 3 lawyers to defend Mohammed Morsi at court's request.

Egypt Bar Association picks 3 lawyers to represent Morsi

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Egyptian Bar Association has chosen three lawyers to represent ousted president Mohamed Morsi in his ongoing trial based on a request by the presiding judges in the case, a lawyer said.

"President Morsi still insists on not assigning any lawyers to defend him," as he rejects the court's legitimacy and maintains that he is still the country's "legitimate" president, Mohamed al-Damati, a spokesman for lawyers representing other defendants in the case, told reporters on Wednesday.

Under Egyptian law, the court must provide a criminal defendant with a lawyer if the defendant fails to do so.

Al-Damati said Morsi could reverse his position and officially take on legal representation to avoid such a move by the court.

"If Morsi assigns a lawyer, it doesn't mean that he officially recognizes the court, since his lawyer would stress the court's lack of jurisdiction," al-Damati said.

As a "legitimate, elected president," al-Damati added, Morsi should be tried in a special court as is stated in Egypt's 2012 constitution, which was suspended by the military following Morsi's July 3 ouster.

On Wednesday, the Cairo Criminal Court postponed the trial of Morsi and 14 co-defendants – seven of whom are being tried in absentia – to February 1.

Security officials cited "bad weather" as the reason for their apparent failure to transfer Morsi to the trial venue in Cairo.

Morsi – Egypt's first freely-elected president, who was ousted by the army last summer after only one year in office – had been due to appear in court with seven other defendants.

The defendants face charges, which they insist are politically motivated, of inciting the murder of opposition demonstrators in late 2012.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Ocak 2014, 18:05