Mursi trial suspended after request for new judges

Thursday 06 March 2014 13.52
Mohammed Mursi stands accused of inciting the killing of opposition protesters in 2012
Mohammed Mursi stands accused of inciting the killing of opposition protesters in 2012

An Egyptian court has suspended the murder trial of Mohammed Mursi after his lawyers requested new judges.

It is the third such case against the deposed president to be put on hold.

The case is part of a crackdown the government has been waging against Mr Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood movement since the military ousted him on 3 July, ending a turbulent year of rule.

Mr Mursi stands accused of inciting the killing of opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

Defence lawyers have requested that two of the three judges presiding over the murder trial be replaced, alleging one of them spoke about the case in a media interview.

An appeals court will examine the recusal request and decide whether to appoint a new panel of judges.

It is unclear when the appeals court will look into the request.

A similar request for appointing new judges has already been made in two other trials involving Mr Mursi, and an Egyptian appeals court is expected to decide on it on 9 April.

In one of the trials, Mr Mursi and others are accused of breaking out of jail during the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran president Hosni Mubarak.

The second trial concerns accusations of espionage against the Islamist president.

Mr Mursi is also to face a fourth trial on charges of insulting the judiciary, but a date for that has yet to be set.