The son of ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Monday said he was "proud" of his father's refusal to wear a government-issued prison suit to his first court appearance.
"You fill me with honor and make me raise my head high," Osama Morsi said.
Meanwhile, a leader of the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, said the fact that Morsi had refused to wear the detention suit and had entered the courtroom calmly and with a smile showed that the ousted president was "putting the military coup on trial" rather than the other way around.
Ali Khafagi told Anadolu Agency that the way Morsi had entered the courtroom indicated his determination to fight his July 3 ouster by the military.
He thanked Morsi and other defendants in the case for flashing the "Rabaa sign" in a show of solidarity with the hundreds of peaceful protesters killed in mid-August when security forces violently dispersed a pro-democracy sit-in in Cairo.
"They stand against oppression and despotism," Khafagi said of the defendants.