Egypt’s ex-Muslim Brotherhood President in Rage-filled Rant During Trial -- Stood Alone in a Soundproof, Glass-encased Metal Cage


CAIRO — Toppled former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi stood alone in a soundproof, glass-encased metal cage at the start of a new trial Tuesday, wearing a white prison uniform, pacing and shouting angrily at the judge in apparent disbelief: “Who are you? Tell me!”

Morsi is on trial with 130 others, including Muslim Brotherhood leaders, and militants from the Palestinian Hamas group and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, on charges related to the prison breaks at the height of the 18-day 2011 uprising against his predecessor, Hosni Mubarak.

After five hours, the trial was adjourned until Feb. 22.

As Morsi was being tried, his supporters clashed with police in central Cairo.

In two separate attacks, gunmen also killed an aide to the country’s interior minister in a drive-by shooting outside Cairo and a policeman guarding a church in a southern section of the capital.

The former Islamist president, ousted in a popularly backed July 3 coup, declared to the judge that he remains Egypt’s legitimate leader, according to a state television reporter inside the courtroom. Read more via NY Post...

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