Egypt protesters form human chain ahead of Morsi trial

Morsi was due appear in court on Saturday on his second trial session on charges of a mass jailbreak upon the January 25 revolution that ousted longstanding president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Egypt protesters form human chain ahead of Morsi trial

World Bulletin / News Desk

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Saturday organized human chains and staged rallies in three Egyptian provinces in protest at his jailbreak trial.

Backers of the ousted leader organized a human chain in the canal province of Suez against the trial and to call for the release of detainees.

Demonstrators waved photos of female supporters detained by security forces, amid calls for halting what protesters describe as "random arrests".

A human chain against Morsi's trial was also organized in the ousted president's home village of Al-Adwa in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya.

Morsi's two brothers, Saeed and Hussein, and some family members took part in the chain.

Anti-coup protesters also staged two rallies in Samallout town and Dalga village in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya, amid calls for setting the ousted president and all detainees free.

Morsi was due appear in court on Saturday on his second trial session on charges of a mass jailbreak upon the January 25 revolution that ousted longstanding president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Lawyers meet Morsi ahead of trial

A defense team met ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Saturday ahead of his trial on charges of a mass jailbreak upon the January 25 revolution that ousted longserving president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Three team members, including veteran lawyer Mohamed Selim Al-Awa, met with Morsi to discuss whether or not they should continue the legal proceedings, legal sources said.

The lawyers had withdrawn from Morsi's trial session on espionage charges last week in protest at placing the ousted leader in a sound-proofed glass cage.

Apart from Morsi, defendants in the case include Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, his deputy Mahmoud Ezzat, former parliament speaker Saad al-Katatni and senior group members Mohamed al-Beltagi, Essam Erian and Saad al-Husseini, according to a statement issued by investigating judge Hassan Samir.

The list also includes members of Palestinian resistance group Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah, whose names have not been disclosed.

Also on the list is prominent Muslim scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi.

According to the statement, 800 foreign operatives had crossed the border into Egypt's Sinai via underground tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip during the January 2011 revolution, which ousted longstanding president Hosni Mubarak.

The statement said the operatives had attacked police and government facilities in Sinai, leaving several policemen dead, before moving to Wadi Natrun and Abu Zaabal prisons in northern Cairo and broke into them.

Last Mod: 22 Şubat 2014, 13:06
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