Morsi still refusing negotiations as trial approaches
Morsi not expected to be open to any negotiations or compromises as reported by his family after a push against the Muslim Brotherhood by military-backed authorities on Sunday.
Islamist President Mohammad Morsi was Egypt’s first freely elected president. He was ousted in the summer of 2013 after many protests against his regime. Since that time, authorities have launched many efforts in taking down the Muslim Brotherhood, killing many and arresting thousands of Islamist activists.
Since his overthrow, Morsi has been hiding in a secret location. He is expected to turn up to face trial on November 4 on charges of inciting violence.
“The president will not retreat, or negotiate or accept compromises especially after all the martyrs, the wounded, the arrested and missing,” his family stated in a post on the Muslim Brotherhood’s website.
In a statement meant to mark the Eid al-Adha, Morsi’s family stated, “No matter how much they try to keep him away, the president will not retreat from a return to the democratic path, even if his soul is the price of this democratic path.”
The Egyptian army has been accused by Brotherhood leaders, to include Morsi, of staging a coup that created opposition to the gains made in the revolt of Mubarek.
The army claims to have been carrying out the will of the people and is moving forward with a plan to hold free elections in the future. The Brotherhood has rejected the plan suggesting it would legitimize a coup. There is no agreement at this time for either side to work together.