Morsi Trial Adjourned After Lawyers Walk Out In Protest

Lawyers angry that deposed president was seated in soundproofed glass cage

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Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi stands inside a glassed-in defendant's cage during his trial, Jan. 28, 2014.

The espionage trial of deposed Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi has been adjourned after lawyers walked out in protest of the defendants being held in a soundproof glass cage.

The overthrown Egyptian leader is facing four trials prosecuted by the new military regime. In the current one, Morsi is being charged with espionage and conspiring to commit acts of terror for collaborating with the Palestinian movement Hamas, Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The trial is adjourned until Feb. 23, the BBC reports.

In the first trial which opened against him in November, Morsi is charged with inciting the killing of protestors; in the second, which opened in January, he is charged with escaping from prison in a 2011 jailbreak; the fourth trial will be on charges of insulting the judiciary.

Morsi was overthrown in a coup last July following mass street protests against his increasingly authoritarian rule, and since his ouster, the military-backed government has cracked down on his Muslim Brotherhood party, killing over a thousand people and arresting thousands more.

The deposed president has refused to recognize the legitimacy of the court. He is the only freely elected leader in the Egypt’s history, but aroused widespread fury in the country last year as he sought to quickly expand his presidential authority.

[BBC]

24 comments
Senthil Kumar
Senthil Kumar

Allow democracy to rule over the country. Keep the U llamas and the military guys away. It is a pity that in the Muslim dominated countries the u lamas and the military dictators work in proximity. Give him a fair trail and don't hide any thing from the public.

Alejandra Garcia
Alejandra Garcia

The cover for the magazine putting peña nieto as the savior of Mexico is offensive and ridiculous to the millions of mexicans, especially in the border states, that are suffering and helplessly watching how our country becomes an even worst example of corruption and non-accountability at the same time that our day to day lives worsten socially, economically, professionally and more. the gap between the rich and the poor widens every day that this unbelievably stupid "president" is "guiding" the country. I wonder how much money you TIME got paid to do this as a cover. It diminishes your credibility, it is a joke to you and your reputation as a formerly serious journalistic magazine. I , along with millions of mexicans suffering the results of this as$$%&*(h())les' presidency am disgusted and insulted. You should be ashamed of yourselves for your lack of credibility and research that show in publishing this piece. You should send a serious, non corruptable journalist to Mexico and do the research, talk to the people, talk to bussinesmen, talk to educators, talk to students,talk to REAL journalists, talk to politicians. SHAME ON YOU!!!!! Your reputation is Mexico, is as of this cover, converted to poop.

Leslie Cardinell
Leslie Cardinell

What does putting Morsi in a soundproof glass cage say about democracy in Egypt?

brendonalbrecht28
brendonalbrecht28

Egypt was a big part of the cradle of civilization. So many Americans (including myself) have dreamed of coming to Egypt to see the pyramids at Giza, Luxor and learning your amazing culture, etc. I hope Egypt rises again, economically and sociality!

brendonalbrecht28
brendonalbrecht28

Hopefully whatever happens will result in peace and great economic success and prestige for all Egyptians!

brendonalbrecht28
brendonalbrecht28

Its amazing how us Americans have kept it together for all these years. Democracy is very hard. Almost half the country always believes something different.

Peter Refki
Peter Refki

Please Time, we do not have a "military regime", we have an interim president and an interim government. Morsi is facing trial, for what he did, in front of a civil court...

Mohamed Shemy
Mohamed Shemy

MORSI someone who is a terrorist and a traitor

solotofreedom
solotofreedom

What do you expect from a Military regime!! The President Morsi, is the only rightful president for Egypt. Respect for the man who gave Egypt a beam of light, before it wad stolen by the Military coup.

Amr El Shazly
Amr El Shazly

It's not military regime we have approved constitution civil government civil president acting

Ft Burhaak
Ft Burhaak

Morsi was inciting violence to stay in power which cost the lives of many people.

Ft Burhaak
Ft Burhaak

He was selling real estate as president.

Julius Nayak
Julius Nayak

Perhaps it should read "persecuted by the new military regime"...

Eng Amira
Eng Amira

leader...he is president isolated..if you very sad about him take him with kilo bamia :p

Assad A Mir
Assad A Mir

Funny, how world remains silent on such treatment to an elected president. Democracy failed, tyrants (and its supporters) rules!

Ammar Alsaied
Ammar Alsaied

Morsi was not a good leader but he doesn't deserve this....

Josh Carr
Josh Carr

Well what does the Egyptian military know about energy? Cellulartravels and marriage spelling differences and Mrs. is what I know

Alaa Eldin A. Olleak
Alaa Eldin A. Olleak

Only in Egypt, you can elect a president. But you will be killed and your president will be put in jail.

brendonalbrecht28
brendonalbrecht28

I should mention Americans have struggled many times with democracy. Our Civil War claimed over 1 million dead combatants, thousands of civilian casualty's, and hundreds of thousands more wounded.   

brendonalbrecht28
brendonalbrecht28

Didn't most people vote for Morsi during your election?

I'm not Egyptian so I don't claim to be an expert or anything. I have only watched your  situation from the USA.