Morsi Blasts Court as His Trial Adjourns
Deposed leader seen for first time since coup
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 4, 2013 2:33 AM CST
Updated Nov 4, 2013 7:16 AM CST
A supporter of Mohamed Morsi makes the "Rabaa" sign, which has become a symbol of the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, where Morsi supporters held a sit-in for weeks.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

(Newser) – Mohamed Morsi blasted a court as having no jurisdiction and twice declared that he is Egypt's president in the first day of his trial—which was quickly adjourned until Jan. 8. The BBC describes a highly charged scene: Morsi was flown in from a secret location via helicopter, marking his first public appearance since his July 3 ouster. Once there, he refused to trade his blue suit for a white prison uniform. He was then asked to give his name, and reportedly had this to say:

  • "I am Dr. Mohammed Morsi, the president of the republic. I am Egypt's legitimate president. I refuse to be tried by this court."

Proceedings were halted after this statement, and the case was subsequently adjourned to allow his attorneys time to go over documents. Morsi (along with 14 co-defendants, senior Brotherhood members) faces charges of incitement of violence and murder, and could face the death penalty if convicted. The trial comes amid a highly charged atmosphere in a bitterly polarized nation, with a deepening schism between Morsi's Islamist supporters on one hand and Egypt's security establishment and the nation's moderate Muslims, secularists, Christians, and women on the other. GlobalPost has a good primer on why the trial is so significant, with Louisa Loveluck noting, "it is still vital that Egypt provide some sort of legal basis for the decision to remove Morsi from office." More here.

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expatin paradise
Nov 4, 2013 11:51 AM CST
Reallybig got it right - it is the military appointed by Mubarek that is responsible for the violence during the Morsi rule and is driving the current government. Morsi was democratically elected, and the current government is illegitimate. If the US weren't so reliant on the Egyptian military to honor their agreement not to attack Israel, and if the US had a true ally in Egypt, the US would have intervened on Morsi's behalf. As long as Egypt's military is really in charge and stays away from Israel, the US will remain at bay. In the interim, the people of Egypy and Morsi are on their own.
reallybig
Nov 4, 2013 7:48 AM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD.... Egypt's Mubarak may be gone .. but the military generals Mubarak installed, are still there .. and those generals will not let any Egyptian civilian government rule Egypt, that they don't approve of, or control.. REALLY -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Muslim Brotherhood has formed a military wing, and Al-Qaeda has grown, and will they know? .. where the army and police live, and attack their families?