Egypt’s ex-President Morsi to be tried for inciting violence and murder

CAIRO: Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi along with 14 other suspects in his Muslim Brotherhood movement will be tried on charges of “incitement to murder and violence” in December 2012 when deadly clashes broke out between his supporters and opponents outside the presidential palace.

In December last year, thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of the Al-Itihidaya presidential palace in Cairo to protest against a presidential decree that expanded Morsi’s powers and an Islamist-drafted constitution.

Hesham Barakat, the country’s top prosecutor, referred Morsi and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood members to a Cairo criminal court for trial late on Sunday.

According to prosecutors’ investigation, Morsi ordered to break up the protesters’ sit-in, but his order was not obeyed.

The date for the trial is yet to be announced.

Morsi was ousted by the military on July 3, about a year into his four-year term, after many Egyptians took to the streets asking for his resignation. Since then has been held at a secret location.