Mohamed Morsi to stand trial over violence
Deposed Egyptian president charged with committing and inciting violence
A poster showing Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi with an Arabic slogan reading “no revenge without trials” hangs in a popular coffee shop in Tahrir Square in Cairo. Photograph: Amr Nabil/AP
Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi is to stand trial on charges of committing and inciting violence, a state prosecutor decided today, an escalation of the army-backed authorities’ crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood.
The prosecutor, Hesham Barakat, referred Mr Morsi and 14 other Brotherhood members to a Cairo criminal court on charges of “committing acts of violence, and inciting killing and thuggery”, the state news agency reported.
The charges relate to violence outside the presidential palace last December, after Mr Morsi had ignited protesters’ rage by expanding his powers.
Mr Morsi is also being investigated over his escape from jail during the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak. He is accused of murder and conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas during the prison break, though no formal charges have been brought in that case.
Mr Morsi was overthrown by the army on July 3rd, just a year into his four-year term, following mass protests against his rule. Since then, the authorities have mounted a fierce crackdown against the Brotherhood, rounding up most of its top leaders.
The security forces have also killed hundreds of Morsi supporters during protests since his downfall.
In turn, the government accuses the Brotherhood of comitting acts of violence. About 100 members of the security forces have also been killed since August 14th, when the police used force to break up pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo. – (Reuters)