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Morsi tells judge 'I am president'

February 5, 2014 at 2:11 am


At the first hearing of his ‘trial’ in Cairo today Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Morsi told the judge the case against him is illegitimate as he remains president.

Morsi refused to wear the stipulated white track suit assigned to prisoners and instead wore a formal dark suit. He and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood figures face charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in 2012. A group representing the families today denied that Morsi was involved and have called for the prosecution of the former minister of interior.

Reports from the court confirm that Morsi led his colleagues in prayers and conveyed his condolences to Dr Muhammad Beltagi whose daughter, Asma, was killed in Rabaa Al-Adawiyya Square.

As the show descended into a farce the presiding judge decided to adjourn the trial until January 8, 2014.

Morsi was then flown to Burj al-Arab prison in Alexandria, state TV reported.

Meanwhile, demonstrators have taken to the streets across the country to protests the trial.