Morsi murder trial once again adjourned, set to begin March 1
Morsi was present for the start of the adjourned trial Wednesday, with authorities ordering that he be placed in a soundproof glass block to "prevent him from interrupting proceedings with defiant outbursts" (File Archive/AFP)
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Formed Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi's murder trial has been adjourned until March 1, according to Agence France Presse Wednesday.
Morsi and 14 other co-defendants who are charged with "inciting the killings of opposition protestors" by the presidential palace in late 2012, were supposed to face trial starting Wednesday.
However, the Egyptian court ruled that the trial would be delayed in order for judges to review video evidence against Morsi. The former president's defense also requested for the trial to be postponed in order "to prepare for cross examination."
The judges are expected to review the report regarding the December 2012 video footage that shows Morsi suporters clashing with opponents that left at least seven dead during the March 1 hearing.
Morsi was present for the start of the adjourned trial Wednesday, with authorities ordering that he be placed in a soundproof glass block to "prevent him from interrupting proceedings with defiant outbursts [like those from previous hearings]."
The former president faces four different trials for charges regarding everything from contempt of the judiciary to conspiracy plotting to launch attacks on Egypt. If convicted, Morsi may face the death sentence.
Morsi supporters describe the charges against the former president as "trumped-up charges," and since his oust in July 2013, the interim government has launched a violent crackdown on Islamists, killing more than 1,000 people.
During Morsi's year in power, pro-Morsi Muslim Brotherhood activists detained and tortured numerous opposition protestors, which Morsi later referenced during one of his national speeches.
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