Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Monday the trial of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi to June 25 over charges of killing and inciting murder against protesters at Ithadeya incidents that took place on December 5, 2013.
The enclosed hearing was adjourned to resume hearing the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses without the presence of journalists or media.
The trial includes 14 defendants, including Morsi, former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Chairman Saad Katatni, senior Brotherhood leader Mohamed al-Beltagy, and FJP Deputy Chairperson Essam el-Erian, among others.
Seven of the fourteen defendants are being tried in absentia.
The last trial was an enclosed hearing and was adjourned to continue hearing the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses.
The defendants face charges of inciting murder of demonstrators during the clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters outside the Ithadeya Presidential Palace.
Nine people were killed following the protests that broke out around Ithadeya in Heliopolis in Dec. 2012 against Morsi’s constitutional declaration, which granted his decisions immunity against judicial appeals.
Morsi also stands trial in three other cases; judiciary, escaping from Wadi Natroun prison during the January 25 Revolution in 2011, and espionage for conspiring with foreign Islamist groups, including Hamas, to create chaos in Egypt.
Morsi has been in custody since his ousting from office on July 3. He first appeared in court on Nov. 4, 2013 but the location of his detention remains unidentified.