Mursi to face trial in closed session, says Egypt court official

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The head of Cairo’s Appeal Court declared that the trial of ousted Islamist President Mohammad Mursi will not be broadcast live on air, and that photographers and journalists will not be allowed to attend.

Egyptian authorities decided on Sunday to move the trial of the ousted president Mohammad Mursi to the Police Academy on Monday instead of the previously announced police institute near Cairo's Tora prison, reported Al Arabiya’s Cairo correspondent.

The Interior minister, accompanied by a number of security officials, visited the Police Institute to oversee the final preparations for the trial on Saturday.

A media adviser at the prime minister’s office denied the rumors about closing down a number of government offices during the trial.

Everything would continue as normal, including the current curfew, added the adviser.

Mursi, who was ousted by the Egypt’s army after massive protests against his rule, is due to appear in court along with 14 other senior Muslim Brotherhood figures on charges of inciting violence.

If found guilty, he and the other defendants could face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

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