Morsi Refuses Prisoners' Uniform, Trial Halted
The first session of the trial of Egypt's ousted ex-President Mohammed Morsi was halted shortly after it began and will not resume until January 8. The panel of judges trying Morsi ended the court session after Morsi refused to wear a prisoner's uniform and due to in-court disruption by the defendants, who were chanting "illegal, illegal.”
Morsi refused to take off his suit and wear the white uniform that was worn by ex-president Hosni Mubarak during his own trial, as required by Egyptian law, refusing to accept the court's authority and insisting that he was still the rightful president.
He reportedly shouted at judge -- "I am the legal and legitimate president of Egypt!" -- and called for the removal of the military regime.
Morsi and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood figures face charges of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace in 2012, when he was president.
Protests took place Monday outside the court and elsewhere in Cairo.
Morsi was ousted by the military in July after millions poured into the streets to protest against his rule.
Early on Monday he was airlifted into the Police Academy compound by helicopter, the BBC reported. Other leaders of the Brotherhood, including Essam el-Erian, Mohammed al-Beltagi and Ahmed Abdel Aatie, were said to have been brought in by armored personnel carriers.