Egypt's Morsi on trial for 'insulting' judiciary

Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi on trial for 'insulting' Egypt’s judicial system

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi is on trial on Saturday for insulting the Egyptian judicial system, along with 24 others many of whom will either be tried in absentia, or are already detained.

Many of the defendants belong to the Muslim Brotherhood organization - to which the deposed president also belongs - however many do not, such as Amr Hamzawy, a former parliamentarian and political science professor.

Deposed president Mohamed Morsi is accused of publicly insulting Judge Ali el Nemr in a presidential speech on June 26, 2013.

The court examined Morsi’s speech in which he criticized el Nemr for oversight of Egypt’s 2005 parliamentary elections.

Morsi was sentenced to death on May 15 along with over a 100 other defendants for espionage for Hamas and a prison break that happened during the January 25 revolution in 2011 under Mubarak's rule, and received 20 years in prison on April 20 for Al Ittihadyya palace case, in which Morsi was accused of being responsible for violence against protesters who camped outside the palace.

Several parties condemned the death sentence, including the United Nations and the European Union, also protests have been held in several cities including Istanbul and Khartoum, denouncing Morsi receiving the capital punishment.

Another trial Morsi is awaiting a verdict for concerns alleged espionage on his part for Qatar and other foreign bodies, as well as disclosing top secret state information.

The deposed president was overthrown on July 3 in 2013 by a military coup orchestrated by now president and former army general Abdel Fattah el Sissi.

TRTWorld and agencies