Egypt's Mursi Trial over Killing Protesters Starts

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The first session of the trial of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Mursi started in Cairo on Monday, according to the state TV.

Egypt's Mursi Trial over Killing Protesters Starts

Mursi is charged with inciting the killing of protesters outside his presidential palace in December of 2012, Xinhua reported.

Mursi's appearance on Monday at a police academy in an eastern Cairo district was his first public appearance since his military-orchestrated overthrow on July 3.

If convicted, Mursi - Egypt's first freely elected president - could face the death penalty.

He was flown on Monday from a secret military location to the venue of his trial by helicopter.

Mursi will face charges along with 14 other Brotherhood figures and allies - including Mohamed el-Beltagy and Essam el-Erian - in connection to clashes last December outside his presidential palace that left at least 10 dead.

His co-defendants were taken to the trial venue from their jail in a suburb south of Cairo in armoured police cars.

The trial is fraught with risks and comes amid a highly charged atmosphere in a bitterly polarised nation.

 

 

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