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Morsi trial adjourned until February 4

Trial of deposed Egyptian president along with 14 defendants in presidential palace killings deferred.

Last updated: 01 Feb 2014 14:13
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Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was deposed by the army on July 3 last year after a year in power [AP]

The trial of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has been adjourned until next week.

Morsi, who appeared in court on Saturday, faces charges of inciting his supporters to kill 10 protesters demonstrating near the presidential palace on December 10, 2012. The trial will resume on February 4.

He was accompanied by 14 defendants from the now banned Muslim Brotherhood. Most of the charges they face carry the death penalty.

Despite a heavy security presence outside court, a lawyer representing Morsi was mobbed by anti-Morsi protesters as he arrived.

Selim al-Awa berated security at the police academy where his car was impeded by a crowd of angry protesters blocking the entrance to the court, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Last week, Morsi appeared at the same location charged with colluding with foreign groups to break out of prison during the uprising against Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

At that appearance, Morsi insisted he was the legitimate president of the country.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was deposed by the army on July 3 last year after a year in power.

The head of the army, Field Marshall Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, was cleared by the military last week to run for the presidency later this year.

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