Egypt Court Adjourns Trial of Ousted President

A court in Egypt has decided to postpone the trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsi and a number of top Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

The Cairo Criminal Court postponed on Monday the trial of Morsi, along with 14 Muslim Brotherhood figures, until October 11th.

The court also lifted the trial’s media ban, allowing the media to be present at the next session.

Morsi and the Brotherhood leaders have been accused of a number of charges including inciting violence against anti-government protesters during a demonstration outside the presidential palace in 2012.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, was toppled last year in a military coup led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egypt’s current president and then army commander.

Sisi is accused of leading the suppression of Brotherhood supporters as hundreds of them have been killed in clashes with Egyptian security forces over the last year.

Rights groups say the army’s crackdown on the supporters of Morsi has left over 1,400 people dead and 22,000 arrested, while some 200 people have been sentenced to death in mass trials.

International bodies and rights groups have already denounced the rulings as a grotesque example of the shortcomings of Egypt’s justice system.

The UN Human Rights Council has also repeatedly expressed concern over the Egyptian security forces’ heavy-handed crackdown and the killing of peaceful anti-government protesters.

Source:Press TV