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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.

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.

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.

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.

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