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Morsi to be tried for ‘incitement to murder and violence’

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Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi is to be tried for what has been called ‘incitement to murder,’ by Egyptian state media.

According to a report by the state TV on Sunday, Morsi will stand trial in a criminal court along with 14 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood movement on charges of “incitement to murder and violence” in December 2012 when fatal clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of Morsi in the capital Cairo.

The report, however, did not give a date for the trial.

Earlier in July, a court in the Arab country ordered Morsi’s detention over allegations of collaboration with Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.

Morsi was due to be questioned on whether he collaborated with Hamas in attacks on police stations and prison breaks in early 2011, when he and some members of the Muslim Brotherhood escaped from jail during a revolution against the regime of former dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

Hamas reacted to the allegations on July 26 and condemned Morsi’s detention, saying that “it is based on the premise that the Hamas movement is hostile.”

The movement’s spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, noted, “This is a dangerous development, which confirms that the current powers in Egypt are giving up on national causes and even using these issues to deal with other parties — first among them the Palestinian cause.”

Egypt plunged into chaos after the head of the country’s armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, ousted Morsi on July 3, and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.


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