[NEW UPDATES] Mohammed Morsi’s Trial In Egypt

Morsi, along with 14 other senior figures in his Muslim Brotherhood, faces charges of incitement to murder. The charges stem from clashes outside the presidential palace last year.

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Ex-President Morsi Rejects Authority Of Egyptian Court, Terms His Trial Illegitimate

The chaotic scenes and defiant shouts that marked the opening of Mohamed Morsi's trial Monday suggest that Egypt's military-backed government may face a long struggle to bring the deposed Islamist president and his Muslim Brotherhood to heel.

A Mohamed Morsi supporter waves a flag that reads "No to the coup" outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo.

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Emerging from four months in captivity at a secret location — later revealed as a military base near the Mediterranean city of Alexandria — Morsi, on trial on charges of incitement to murder, faced the judge from inside a specially constructed defendants cage, loudly declaring that he did not accept the legitimacy of the court proceedings.

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The judge adjourned the case until Jan. 8.

The ousted leader, eschewing the prison-issued white garb of his fellow defendants, wore a dark jacket and open-necked shirt instead.

FILE - In this Sunday, May 20, 2012 file photo, the Muslim Brotherhood's presidential candidate Mohammed Morsi hold a rally in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's electoral commission announced Sunday, June 24, 2012 that Morsi is victor of landmark presidential vote.(AP Photo/Fredrik Persson, File)

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"I am the legitimate president!" he shouted again and again, sometimes drowning out the judge, according to official media reports and courtroom witness accounts. A wild melee broke out between Morsi's foes and backers in the courtroom, with rival spectators hurling shoes at each other — a grave insult in the Muslim world.

The presiding judge, Ahmed Sabry Youssef, twice called recesses when raucous chanting made it impossible to continue. Opponents of the former leader, including some Egyptian journalists who had been allowed inside with press credentials, shrieked: "Execute him! Execute him!" Morsi could face the death penalty if convicted.

Mohammed Morsi Faces Trial In Egypt In Test Of Democracy

Deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood arrived at a Cairo police academy on Monday to face trial on charges of inciting violence, state media reported.

It is the second time in just over two years that an ousted president has been in court in Egypt, a pivotal Arab nation some fear is sliding back into autocratic rule.

The trial raises fears of deepening instability in the region's most populous country.

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The Muslim Brotherhood has said it will defy a security crackdown and press on with street protests to pressure the army, which toppled Morsi on July 3, to reinstate him.

A popular uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011 raised hopes that Egypt would embrace democracy and eventually enjoy economic prosperity.

Instead, the power struggle between the Brotherhood and the army-backed government has created more uncertainty.

The trial of Morsi and 14 other Islamists is likely to be the next flashpoint in their confrontation.

"On the streets his supporters have been out again," reports Yolande Knell

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They face charges of inciting violence relating to the deaths of about a dozen people in clashes outside the presidential palace in December after Morsi enraged his opponents with a decree expanding his powers.

State news agency MENA said Morsi had travelled to court by helicopter. The trial is taking place at the same Cairo police academy where Mubarak also faces trial.

The US is suspending a large part of the US$1.3 billion in aid it gives to Egypt's military

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The United States on Wednesday cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to its Mideast ally Egypt, responding to the military ouster last summer of the nation’s first democratically elected president and the crackdown on protesters that has sunk the country into violent turmoil.

While the State Department did not provide a dollar amount of what was being withheld, most of it is linked to military aid. In all, the U.S. provides $1.5 billion in aid each year to Egypt.

The US is halting the delivery of Apache helicopters, as well as Harpoon missiles and tank parts, officials said. Washington also plans to halt a $260m cash transfer and a $300m loan guarantee.

The US will continue to provide health and education assistance, and money to help Egypt to ensure security in the increasingly volatile Sinai peninsula. The freeze was not intended to be permanent, the state department added.

Fresh clashes across Egypt kill over 50, more protests called

Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi are detained during clashes with riot police in Cairo on Sunday.

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At least 51 people were killed in clashes in Egyptian cities on Sunday, security sources said, after opponents and supporters of deposed president Mohamad Mursi took to the streets in one of the bloodiest days since the army seized power.

Several neighborhoods of the capital, Cairo, resembled combat zones after street battles that raged for hours. Morsi supporters fired birdshot and threw firebombs at police who responded with gunshots and tear gas.

Streets were left strewn with debris, and the air was thick with tear gas and smoke from burning fires, as the crack of gunfire rang out.

Egypt's military-backed authorities have embarked on a sweeping crackdown against Morsi supporters and other dissenting voices since the coup. They argue that the Muslim Brotherhood presents a militant threat, and must be fought through a "war on terror".

Egyptian court bans Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood, seizes funds

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An Egyptian court Monday ordered the Muslim Brotherhood to be banned and its assets confiscated in a dramatic escalation of a crackdown by the military-backed government against supporters of the ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

The ruling opens the door for a wider crackdown on the vast network of Brotherhood, which includes social organizations key for building the group's grassroots support and helping its election victories.

The verdict banned the group itself - including the official association it registered under earlier this year - as well as "any institution branching out of it or... receiving financial support from it".

The judge at the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters also ordered the "confiscation of all the group's money, assets, and buildings" and said an independent committee should be formed by the Cabinet to manage the money until final court orders are issued.

Clashes between pro and anti-Morsi supporters reported in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria

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Supporters and opponents of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi have clashed during protests a day after a state of emergency was extended by two months.

The rallies come nearly a month after the 14 August crackdown by security forces on two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo that led to clashes in which hundreds of people were killed, the worst carnage in Egypt’s recent history.

An AFP correspondent said soldiers used barbed wire to block roads to the square, in the Nasr City district, with troops in helmets and carrying shields standing guard.

The government will not stop students from returning to Egypt but warned today that it could not guarantee their safety

At a briefing with students, higher education institutions and professional bodies here, Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh discouraged Malaysian students to return to Egypt.
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"The government has decided that the situation in Egypt is still unstable and there are a lot of uncertainties and so, the government will discourage students from going to Egypt for now. "The government however will not stop them if they insist... But if you go, we will not guarantee your safety," he told the students.

Up till August 30, 2,791 students have returned to Malaysia in a voluntary evacuation process. Idris said that students who decide to return to the strife-torn Egypt, should keep in constant contact with the Education Ministry and cautioned them against getting involved in the politics of the country.

“Report to us often, listen to the government and don’t get involved with any parties. “You are going to study, not to be in politics. “Don’t interfere, this is Egypt’s issue, not ours,” he said.

“We will not stop them but we advise them not to return, but those who insist, will have to go at their own risk,” Idris said.

Mohamed El Beltagi, senior Muslim Brotherhood leader, arrested in Egypt

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Egyptian security forces arrested a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader on suspicion of inciting violence after last month's ouster of then-President Mohamed Morsy, state-run media reported Thursday.

El-Beltagy was observed by the police for two days before his arrest in the rural area of Abo El-Namras in Giza.

The Egyptian military and other security forces have arrested a number of Muslim Brotherhood leaders since the ouster of Morsy, who belonged to the brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party.

El-Beltagi's 17-year-old daughter, Asmaa, died in violence related to the sit-in crackdowns, Al-Ahram reported.

Gunshots were heard in Gamaat El Dawal where the Malaysian Embassy in Egypt

Education Malaysian Egypt officer Zaliha Zulkifli said gunmen were believed to have opened fire at an army guarding an area before the soldiers returned fire.

The gunfire occurred between 4.15pm and 6pm (local time).

"My son contacted me to tell me that electricity to our house was cut off a few minutes after gunshots were heard near the embassy. "He also heard hand grenade explosions close to our house which is only 50 metres from the embassy," she said.

Zaliha said the last time gunshots were heard was on Aug 14. Malaysian Education Egypt director Datuk Dr Su'adi Safei said he saw vehicles fleeing from an area while he travelled along a highway.

Total of 1,305 Malaysian students evacuated and 1,056 others are to be returned back home by next Friday

Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education said Tuesday that a total of 1,305 Malaysian students were evacuated from Egypt, and 1,056 others are to be returned back home by next Friday.

The Malaysian Minister of Education Idris Jusoh said in press remarks on Tuesday that all Malaysian students in Egypt will be evacuated and sent back to their homeland.

Al-Azhar University will open a temporary branch campus in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan by admitting its first intake of 300 students in September next year, said Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh.

6 Malaysian students from Egypt returns home safely while MAS to deploy 3 aircraft to bring about 400 more M'sian students home

The first batch of Malaysian students studying in Egypt have returned home safely. The 6 students including a 13-year-old boy were flown back via Egypt Air from Cairo and landed at KL International Airport at 6.36pm on Thursday.

Welcome back: Kamalanathan greeting the students who had just touched down in KLIA.

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The group was part of the 3,300 students to be evacuated under Ops Pyramid II as the situation in Egypt has become unsafe for the students. Another batch of eight students will be arriving at 9.45pm tonight.

MAS will be deploying 3 of its aircraft in a rescue mission to ferry M'sian students in Egypt home. The first rescue flight MH8100 will depart Kuala Lumpur on Sunday at 11.10am and is expected to arrive at the Cairo International Airport at 3.00pm

Malaysian students in Egypt get ready for the possibility of leaving Egypt

Malaysian students in Egypt have begun giving their details and profiles to Education Malaysia Egypt (EME) there in the event they need to be evacuated.
The e-form filled up by the students includes their age, gender, home states and field of studies.

Meanwhile, Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said the state Islamic Foundation had been instructed to hire security guards to protect Malaysian students living at its hostel in Egypt.

Egyptian security forces, looking for fighters, entered a house in Mansoura in which Malaysian students were living but no one was harmed.

About 3,300 Malaysian students in Egypt who were to sit for their repeat exams in Egyptian institutions of higher learning in August had their exams postponed to a later date which will be announced later.

"Even though there are only a few students sitting for the repeat examination, safety precautions have to be taken to safeguard Malaysian students and their education in Egypt," said the statement.

Daughter of senior Muslim Brotherhood leader reported killed

The teenage daughter of a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader was reported killed Wednesday as police cracked down on a Cairo camp set up by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The 17-year-old girl was shot in the chest and back when security forces violently dispersed a six-week-old sit-in by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in eastern Cairo.

17 year-old Asmaa Al Beltagui, daughter of wanted Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Al Beltagui, was killed in clashes at the Rabaa Al Adawiya protest camp, according to Brotherhood spokesman Gehad Al Haddad, who spoke to AFP.

10-year-old girl shot in the chest reportedly big blow to Christian community

The death of the schoolgirl from a single shot to the chest is the latest blow for Egypt's Christian community as it's engulfed in a political crisis that has seen the collapse of authority & rise of Islamist militants.

The shooting happened last week, but came to light only yesterday as her family expressed anger over the failure of the police to identify the culprit.


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The reality of Egypt from Twitter and Flickr photos

"Hundreds of lives have lost in the massacre. Please pray for Egypt." - Photo from @erizahassa/Twitter.

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"Let the picture speak #PrayForEgypt" - Photo from @S_M_S99/Twitter.

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"Unbelievable picture from Egypt today. Lord have mercy. #PrayForEgypt" - Photo from @Pete_Maurice/Twitter.

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"No matter what religion you're from #prayforegypt :'(" - Photo from @itzrammi/Twitter.

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Malaysians protest in front of the Egyptian Embassy on 9 July 2013

Malaysian Islamist protesters hold posters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi during a protest to oppose the military overthrow of the Islamist leader and subsequent killings in Egypt, outside the Egyptian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

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Malaysian Islamist protesters hold placard "Stop The Violence" during a protest in Kuala Lumpur to oppose the military overthrow of the Islamist leader and subsequent killings in Egypt.

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Malaysian Islamist protesters hold posters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi during a protest to oppose the military overthrow of the Islamist leader and subsequent killings in Egypt, outside the Egyptian embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

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Hundreds of protestors gathered along Lorong Ru to protest the overthrow of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi.
The group comprised of non-governmental organisations such as Ikram, Angkatan Belia Islam and Haluan as well as PAS and PKR.

"We condemn, in the gravest of terms, the bloody attacks that left tens of peaceful protestors dead and hundreds injured in the past days," said Ikram president Dr Parid Sheikh Ahmad on Tuesday.

At least 51 people shot dead while praying - death toll rising

A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi holds a Quran in front of Egyptian soldiers, not pictured, near Cairo University, where protesters have installed their camp in in Giza, southwest of Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 8, 2013

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Egyptian army stand guard around the Republican Guard building in Nasr City in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 8, 2013. Egyptian soldiers and police opened fire on supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi early Monday in violence that left dozens of people killed, including one officer, outside the military building in Cairo where demonstrators had been holding a sit-in, government officials and witnesses said.

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An Egyptian man cries outside a morgue after carrying the corpse of his brother killed near the Republican Guard building in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 8, 2013.

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The body of a supporter for Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi lies in an ambulance in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 8, 2013. Egyptian soldiers and police opened fire on supporters of the ousted president early Monday in violence that left dozens of people killed, including one officer, outside a military building in Cairo where demonstrators had been holding a sit-in, government officials and witnesses said.

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Morsi's supporters carrying one of the victims killed in the attack in Cairo yesterday.

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I saw four to six motorcycles coming from the direction of the Rabaa intersection to the Republican Guard barracks. The men on the motorcycles were all masked, they seemed to be shooting, they were coming from behind the protesters, so they were shooting toward the protesters and the Army.

The shootings began during a protest by about 1,000 Islamists outside the Republican Guard headquarters where Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was detained last week. Demonstrators and members of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood said troops descended on them and opened fire unprovoked

The massacre at Cairo’s Presidential Guard headquarters had left at least 51 dead and more than 440 injured, another brutal step in this country’s seemingly inexorable slide into chaos.

“The police were shooting at us from one side and the army from the other. The guards standing in front of the base were shooting. I saw two people being killed. The bullets entered their heads and came out the side.”

Demonstrators claimed that the dead included five children, one of whom was just six months old. This was not verified by the authorities, but families have been present at the protest camps and were still there among the crowd after the shooting yesterday.

A Reuters journalist at the scene saw first aid helpers attempting mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a dying man. Seven dead bodies were lined up in a row, covered in blankets and an Egyptian flag. A man placed a portrait of Mursi on one of the corpses.

Malaysian students in Egypt stocks up on food and staying indoors

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KUALA LUMPUR: MALAYSIAN students in Cairo are remaining calm despite the rising tension in that country.

Gambaran kedudukan penempatan warga Malaysia yang berada di Mesir sekitar Kaherah.

Malaysian students in Egypt are bracing for the worst by stocking up on food and staying indoors due to a mass rally demanding the resignation of the country's President Mohamed Morsi.

“We were also informed by the Malaysian Embassy in Cairo to stock up on food and withdraw enough cash. This is just in case the shops are closed the next few days and prices of goods shoot up like it did during the last rally on Jan 25, 2011

Ambassador to Egypt Datuk Dr Mohd Fakhrudin Abdul Mukti said all Malaysian students and citizens were told to follow the safety guidelines since Friday. “We have deployed about 30 officers, including from agencies to meet Malaysians at various locations"

This is what the largest protest in the history of mankind looks like

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According to the embassy’s records, he said there were 11,400 Malaysians, mostly students, in Egypt. “We have asked them to report to us any untoward incident so that we can advise them to move to a safer location,” he said.

Click to view: This is what the largest protest in the history of mankind looks like

Protests in Egypt: Tension cut through the streets of Cairo on Sunday as protesters flooded into rival demonstrations. Image from The Washington Post

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Egyptian protestors direct laser lights on a military helicopter flying over the presidential palace in Cairo. Image from AFP.

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"By hook or by crook, we will bring Morsi down" a protester said. Photo by AP.

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Egyptian men kiss a picture of President Mohammed Morsi rally in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, June 21, 2013.

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Alexandria, Egypt today[June 30, 2013. Protests against Morsi today have exceeded expectation in the numbers of people participating. Un-confirmed reports are over a million people on the streets of Egypt against corruption in Government. Image from: The Man Who Walks With GOD Always Gets to His Destination

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Marches of Egyptians are still spilling into Egypt's streets, with many more joining those gathered outside the Presidential Palace. Tahrir Square has reached full capacity amid a highly festive atmosphere. Image from Egyptian Streets.

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Military and Ministry of Interior sources have claimed that up to 17 million Egyptians joined today's demonstrations. Image from Egyptian Streets.

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The protest was held in Tahrir Square on June 30th. Image from Mike Nikolaou.

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/Thousands of anti Morsi protesters in Alexandria city chanting against the regime on the 30th of June 2013. Image by Ahmed Essam.

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The June 30th protest in Egypt spread across several states

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BBC about Egypt:"The number of people protesting today is the largest number in a political event in the history of mankind"

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Watch 14 million out of 84 million Egyptians protest give President Morsi the red card

BBC: "The number of people protesting today is the largest number in a political event in the history of mankind. Keep impressing .. Egypt. "
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They were demanding the resignation of their first elected president, President Mohamed Morsi, on the day of his first anniversary inauguration

Mr Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, became president on 30 June 2012.

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CAIRO — Millions of Egyptians streamed into the streets of cities across the country on Sunday to demand the ouster of their first elected head of state, President Mohamed Morsi, in an outpouring of anger at the political dominance of his Islamist backers in the Muslim Brotherhood.

Opposition leaders say they want Morsi to resign, the Islamist-dominated elected upper house of parliament dissolved and the Islamist-­drafted constitution shelved in favor of a new round of elections and a new constitution.

The pro-Morsi counter protests were much smaller, estimated in the thousands. As for why the demonstrations were on June 30th: today is the one-year anniversary of Morsi's inauguration into the presidency.

“We’re supporting the legitimacy of an elected president,” said Azmi Sabah, a journalist at the pro-Morsi rally, where many demonstrators made the case that Egypt’s Islamists are the law-abiding good guys.

Morsi made clear through a spokesman that he would not step down and his Islamist supporters vowed not to allow protesters to remove one of their own, brought to office in a legitimate vote.

A military source said as many as 14 million people in this nation of 84 million took part in Sunday's demonstrations in sweltering heat. There was no independent way to verify that estimate, which seemed implausibly high, but the armed forces used helicopters to monitor the crowds.
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