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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.

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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.

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