Court hears Ettehadiya clashes case against Morsi

On Saturday, the Cairo Appeal Court witnessed the sixth hearing in the case against deposed President Mohamed Morsi and another 14 members of the Muslim Brotherhood and former officials accused of inciting the killing of protesters during the presidential palace clashes in 2012.

In December 2012, clashes erupted between protesters opposing Morsi’s constitutional declaration whereby he amassed exclusive powers for himself, making his decisions immune from judicial oversight. Ten were killed and many others injured.

According to the Turkish news agency Anadolu, Morsi and the other defendants were present at the hearing held at the Police Academy.

The court had delegated a group of three technical experts from the Radio and Television Union to examine video evidence for the case submitted by the prosecutor general. The evidence reportedly shows Morsi supporters assaulting protesters from the opposition during the clashes.

According to privately owned Al-Shorouk newspaper, Ali Kamal, one of the lawyers representing the defendants in the case said that the defense group may pull out of the case if the court insists on not meeting their demands.

Their demands include a response from the prosecution about the disappearance of 100 documents about the case, the removal of the glass cage where the defendants are kept in court and an investigation into recent leaks of a conversation between Morsi and Mohamed Selim al-Awa, the head of the defense team.

According to privately owned Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper, the defendants’ lawyers lamented the move by one of the judges to reveal some of the details of the case in a television appearance in violation of the law.

The Ettehadiya clashes case is one of several in which Morsi and other top leaders of the Brotherhood are implicated. Two other significant cases include the prison escapes during the January 25 revolution as well as an espionage case in which Morsi and others are accused of aiding groups including the Palestinian Hamas and endangering the country’s national security.

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