On November 4, Egypt’s former president Mohamed Morsi is set to go on trial for inciting violence against protesters during an uprising in 2012, six months after he came to power -- and six months before he was removed from his presidency by the army.
The Foreign Ministry said that Morsi will be brought to trial for criminal -- not political -- charges. The charges levelled against the ousted Islamist president include “deliberate and premeditated murder” as well as inciting the “use of violence, thuggery, coercion, possession of firearms, ammunition, and melee weapons”.
Murder is a serious charge. Morsi’s criminal charges relate to violent clashes outside Cairo’s presidential palace in December 2012 -- although it seems the new interim government is taking their judicial revenge, this ex-president has been wanted long before Sisi came into the picture.
But to get a true understanding of Morsi’s complicated case, one must do what Sherlock Holmes would have done -- get a deep understanding of the man to understand his crimes.
Who is Mohamed Morsi? What is behind this man of contradictions? After all, he was the charismatic leader of the Muslim Brotherhood party that ended Egypt’s decades-long military rule. Having ousted Hosni Mubarak from power, it’s a surprise he had the time to spend several excruciating seconds publically adjusting his genitals while meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
He might have been ousted from power, but his political clout shows no signs of abating -- at any protest in Egypt (of which there have been many since the June 30 protests), there are scores of Egyptians raising their four-fingered “rabaa” salute to Morsi and adorning their heads with Muslim Brotherhood bandanas. He might be in hiding -- he spoke to his family for the first time since his ousting in September -- but his party is still calling for his reinstatement.
The ‘Tamarod’ group that called for his removal -- and orchestrated the June 30 opposition rallies -- may have got more signatures on their petition than Morsi got during the 2012 elections but this sweetheart of the Ikhwan (Arabic for Brotherhood) must have done something right during his tumultuous year in power. In the words of ‘The Killers’: Morsi “how did we end up like this, it was only a kiss” (or a major domestic coup that resulted in the deaths of hundreds).
In this slideshow, we will take you through Morsi’s childhood, formative years and political life in a bid to understand what has made the ex-president one of the most glorified and vilified personalities of the political world.