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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.

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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Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi charged

Egypt's state prosecutor has charged the ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members with "committing acts of violence, and inciting killing and thuggery", the state news agency reports.

Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi has been in detention since he was overthrown by the army Credit: REUTER/Handout

The charges relate to violence in which around a dozen people were killed outside the presidential palace last December, after Morsi had ignited protesters' rage with a decree that expanded his powers.

The state news agency said the defendants were accused of mobilising Brotherhood followers to forcibly disperse the protesters after the security forces rejected Morsi's orders to do so.

The charges against Morsi include inciting his followers and assistants to commit crimes of premeditated murder and use violence and thuggery.

Lawyer: Egypt's Mubarak could walk free within days

Egypt's former leader Hosni Mubarak is likely to walk free within a week having faced the prospect of execution just weeks ago.

Mr Mubarak's lawyer confirmed to ITV News that all charges had been dropped, although he refused to appear on camera.

The news emerged as it was announced that the country's first democratically-elected but now deposed president, Mohamed Morsi, could face new charges.

ITV News International Correspondent John Irvine reports from Cairo:

Egypt prosecutor orders Morsi detention in new case

Egypt's prosecutor has ordered the ousted president Mohamed Morsi to be detained for 15 days pending an investigation into allegations he incited violence, ITV News' Middle East News Editor Lutfi Abu-Aun reports.

On Thursday, Egyptian judicial authorities extended Morsi's detention period for 30 days in a separate case.

He is currently being held at an undisclosed location on allegations of murder and spying.

Cairo clashes as Morsi supporters 'under attack'

Clashes have broken out in central Cairo after supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi came under attack as they marched to the Interior Ministry, Reuters reported.

Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted in a military coup. Credit: Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Supporters of the new military-installed government reportedly hurled stones at the marchers and threw bottles at them from balconies.

Police in turn then fired tear-gas canisters at the pro-Morsi demonstrators.

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Egypt's police halt crowd clearance to 'avoid bloodshed'

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have filled Cairo's Rabaa Adawiya Square. Credit: REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih

Egyptian authorities have postponed a move to force out supporters from the ousted president Mohamed Morsi from two protest camps to "avoid bloodshed" in the capital Cairo.

An official, quoted by the Associated Press, said the plan to disperse two sit-ins was shelved after it was leaked to the media.

A dawn advance by security forces would have set the stage for clashes with thousands gathered in support of Mr Morsi, who was ousted in a July 3 coup.

Pro-Morsi sit-in continues through the night in Cairo

Thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi continued to gather in protest camps in Cairo overnight, despite threats to forcibly remove them.

On Sunday, a senior security source told Reuters troops will be deployed around the sit-ins by dawn "as a start of procedures that will eventually lead to a dispersal".

Morsi supporters stay put despite threats of removal

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi continue to gather in Cairo despite threats of removal.

Egyptian police are expected to start taking action early today, according to security and government sources.

Protesters chant slogans at Rabaa Adawiya Square in the Nasr city area of Cairo Credit: Reuters
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