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Deposit Islamist president Morsi trial starts

February 16, 2014 - EGYPT

Deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, charged with colluding with foreign militant groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah, is due in court in Cairo on 16 Feb 2014.

He and other senior Moslem Brotherhood members, charged with inciting the murder of demonstrators in Dec 2012, face other trials.

Chaos inside and outside the courtroom have marked previous attempts to try him. In Nov 2013 Morsi and his co-defendants shouted defiance at the judge. Outside, crowds of his supporters protested the trial and the military government.

Morsi, the country's first democratically-elected president, won a narrow victory in Jun 2012. He promised inclusivity, but set about concentrating the power of the once-banned Moslem Brotherhood. Public discontent with the Morsi government, exacerbated by the crumbling economy and shortages of electricity and fuel, erupted into violence. Egypt's military officers stepped in and removed him from office on 3 Jul 2013.

Profile: Egypt's Mohammed Morsi (BBC 4 Nov 2013

Egypt: Morsi trial delayed after chaotic start (Los Angeles Times 4 Nov 2013)

Date written/update: 2014-02-15