Egypt’s Mursi to stand trial in November over protester killings

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The trial of Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohammad Mursi on charges of inciting the murder of protesters will start on November 4, the official MENA news agency reported Wednesday.

Mursi will stand trial with 14 other defendants over the killings of protesters outside his presidential palace in December 2012, almost six months before his ouster in a military coup.

Mursi is also facing charges of insulting the country’s judiciary, state media reported on last month.

Egypt’s general prosecutor issued a new detention order for Mursi over his comments that judges had rigged a 2005 parliamentary election.

Mursi is already being held by the military at an unknown location.

He was ousted by the military on July 3 following massive protests demanding his resignation after only a year in office.

Since Mursi’s removal from office, the government has been leading a crackdown against Muslim Brotherhood members, or Islamists linked to the group.

At least two Egyptians were killed on Friday as Mursi supporters clashed with opponents during mass protests against the government, the Health Ministry said.

(With AFP)