Weather delays Mohammed Mursi trial until next month

Wednesday 08 January 2014 23.54
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Mohammed Mursi's supporters have held numerous protests since he was removed from power
Mohammed Mursi's supporters have held numerous protests since he was removed from power
Mohammed Mursi faces charges of inciting the killing of protesters
Mohammed Mursi faces charges of inciting the killing of protesters

An Egyptian court has adjourned the murder trial of deposed president Mohammed Mursi to 1 February, citing "weather conditions" that prevented Mr Mursi's transport to court from his prison.

"Because of the weather conditions, Mohammed Mursi could not be brought, so the trial will be adjourned to 1 February," said presiding judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef.

The charges relate to violence outside the presidential palace in December 2012, during protests ignited by a presidential decree that expanded Mr Mursi's powers.

The army deposed the Muslim Brotherhood politician on 3 July following mass protests against his rule.

Mr Mursi was due to be flown to the Cairo police academy where the court was due to convene. 

State media had earlier reported that Mr Mursi had arrived at the court.

Mr Mursi was last month ordered to stand trial in two further cases. The new charges include conspiring with the Hamas Palestinian group, Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Shia Islamist government of Iran against Egypt.

He used his first court appearance on 4 November for a show of defiance from the dock, insisting he was still the legitimate president.

He is on trial with 14 co-defendants, including former presidential aides and leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Mr Mursi was elected president in June 2012 after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in the Arab Spring.

But his single year in power was marred by political turmoil, deadly clashes and a crippling economic crisis.