Morsi 'legitimate leader' claim

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has told a court he is the country's "legitimate president". He appeared with 14 other senior Muslim Brotherhood figures charged with inciting the killing of protesters during clashes last year.

Mohammed Morsi trial adjourned until January

Ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi pictured in a cage during his court appearance today. Credit: Reuters

The trial of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi has been adjourned until January 8th.

Earlier, the judge halted proceedings after a defiant Morsi interrupted the session to insist he was the "legitimate president" of Egypt.

The deposed leader is charged with inciting violence and murder during protests last December.

Read: First public sighting of Morsi since military coup

First public sighting of Morsi since military coup

Egyptian state television have broadcast footage of Mohammed Morsi in a Cairo courthouse, in the first public sighting of the ousted leader since he was forced out by the army in July.

The footage also showed Morsi stepping out of a white van surrounded by security forces.

Earlier, Morsi told the court that he remains the "legitimate president" of Egypt prompting the judge to adjourn proceedings.

Mohammed Morsi is charged with inciting the killing of protesters during clashes last December. Credit: APTN
Footage showed Morsi stepping out of a white van dressed in a dark suit. Credit: APTN
The ousted leader was pictured in a cage as he listened to proceedings. Credit: APTN

Read:Morsi trial adjourned because of 'defendants' behaviour'

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Morsi tells court he is the 'legitimate president' of Egypt

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has defiantly told the court trying him for inciting violence and murder that he remains the "legitimate president" of the country.

Security officials, who spoke to the Associated Press anonymously, said Morsi's comments came in response to a judge calling his name out after identifying him as a "defendant."

Egyptian state television said the trial had been halted because defendants' chants were disrupting proceedings. Credit: Reuters

Morsi replied: "I am Dr Mohammed Morsi, the president of the republic. I am Egypt's legitimate president."

He added: "I refuse to be tried by this court."

Morsi, who was toppled by the army in July after protests against him, appeared angry and interrupted proceedings forcing the judge to adjourn the case.

Morsi trial adjourned because of 'defendants' behaviour'

The judge in Mohammed Morsi's trial has adjourned proceedings because of the behaviour of defendants.

Egyptian state television said the trial had been halted because defendants' chants were disrupting proceedings.

Mohammed Morsi is charged with inciting the killing of protesters during clashes last December. Credit: Reuters

Security officials inside the courtroom in Cairo said the delay was caused by Mohammed Morsi insisting he would not change into the prison uniform customarily worn by defendants.

The adjournment - likely to last until later today - came after a two-hour delay in the start of the proceedings.

Morsi, who was ousted as leader in July, is charged with inciting the killing of protesters in December.

Morsi to join Brotherhood members in trial

Egypt's Former President Mohammed Morsi will join 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members in court to face charges of inciting the killing of protesters.

The charges relate to clashes that occurred outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

Security forces are reported to be on high alert following calls from supporters of Morsi for major protests.

Mohammed Morsi
Morsi's supporters say his removal was a coup and that his charges are politically motivated. Credit: PA

Mr Morsi was ousted by the military in July this year after protests against his rule.

But a sit-in protest by his supporters that followed was itself violently broken up by the military, leading to the deaths of hundreds of people.

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