Deposed president Mohamed Morsi will receive his first verdict ever since the beginning of the trial in November 2013, in the case of “Itihadeya,” where his administration is accused of killing protesters including journalist Al Hussainy Abu Daif outside the walls of Itihadeya presidential palace in Cairo.
Egyptian judges illustrated their expectations for tomorrow’s verdict. Judge Refaat el Sayed, former head of Cairo’s appeals court said there are 15 defendants in “Itihadeya” case, one to 11 are sure to be facing death penalty for “committing murder with premeditation,” while Morsi comes No. 12.
He’s accused alongside the 13th, 14th and 15th of related charges in incitement and planning the protesters death. However, a death penalty to be given to all defendants should not be ruled out, considering the death sentence former Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie received last week.
Morsi and 10 other MB leaders face two other cases one of which was in session this morning, “spying for foreign powers including Qatar,” according to the court. The case was adjourned to session on May 15. The other case is escaping prison time under Mubarak’s rule and breaking away during the January 25 revolution, according to Al Shorouk Newspaper.
During “the spying case” this morning, one of the defendants “Ahmed Ismael” who has been on a hunger strike, passed out in the middle of the steel cage and caused the judges to suspend the session until sufficient medical care was delivered.
Judge Mohamed Sherin Fahmy prohibited Morsi from talking or defending himself in today’s session, saying: “The former president did not acknowledge the legitimacy of the court so in return the court will not acknowledge him.”
At the end of the trial, Morsi asked his lawyers if there will be a verdict tomorrow regarding “Itihadeya,” they collectively replied with “yes,” before the former president asked this in a loud voice. Nothing has been confirmed yet regarding the first case verdict.
Two trials involving the Muslim Brotherhood took place today; one mentioned above, the other one is of Mohamed Badie’s.
Former MB leader Mohammed Badie, who already received a death sentence last week, stood trial today alongside 190 other MB members including Mohamed el Beltagy and Safwat Hijazi for breaking in Al Arab police station in Port Said. It was the first time for Badie to step outside the cage in his red death row suit and get publicly photographed.
The court asked Badie to step back in the cage and accused him of showing off, after looking “too relaxed and cheerful while posing for cameras,” according to Al Youm Al Sabea newspaper.
Morsi was ousted in July 2013, when current President and former army general Abdel Fattah el Sisi staged a military coup.