Morsi Hearing Adjourned Amid Courtroom Chaos

Deposed president calls himself Egypt's 'legitimate' ruler

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A defiant Mohammed Morsi called himself the legitimate president of Egypt in a hearing Monday that was adjourned shortly after it was convened because of chaos inside the courtroom.

Morsi was last seen in July when a military-backed ouster removed him from power; he has been held at a secret military location ever since. He arrived in court on Monday at a police academy in eastern Cairo, charged along with 14 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood of inciting killings during violence outside of the Presidential Palace last December, and declared, “I am Egypt’s legitimate president. I refuse to be tried by this court,” the Associated Press reports.

The hearing quickly devolved into chaos, according to courtroom reports, with Morsi’s co-defendants and their lawyers chanting against the army and anti-Morsi journalists calling for the death penalty. Morsi repeatedly shouted, “I am the president of the republic” amid scuffles between lawyers, and someone tried to throw a shoe. After only a few minutes, the hearing was adjourned until Jan. 8.

[AP]

5 comments
MuhammadKhizirFarooqi
MuhammadKhizirFarooqi

No doubt. Morsi is the democratically ELECTED President of Egypt who could only be dislodged from the Post through Parliament by passing vote of non cinfidence or through Impeachment.. The Army is not over and above Parliament. Sooner he is restored as president better it would be for the Egypt and Egyptian people.

OmarAboelfetouh
OmarAboelfetouh

A radical Islamist president overthrown by a 33 million protesters flooded the streets of Egypt to say that Egypt ain't be ruled by terrorists ,  then he is presented to a fair trial . 

does it really seems like  a coup or it's a top democracy ?

PeterEdwardHarrington
PeterEdwardHarrington

@OmarAboelfetouh He's not a radical Islamist, and he was elected democratically and overwhelmingly by the population of Egypt. If 33 million came out on to the street out of a population of 80 million, that means he was more liked than loathed. He IS the rightful President, and history will record him as so.