Egypt delays trial of Morsi supporters

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An Egyptian court has adjourned the mass trial of over 1,200 supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, shortly after it opened in the town of Minya, local media say.

Some 500 defendants faced charges during a brief court hearing on Saturday.

The trial of other defendants, most of whom members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, is slated to begin on March 25.

Egypt judicial sources say the defendants are charged with assaulting security forces and vandalizing public property during unrest that erupted after police stormed two protest camps set up by Morsi supporters in the capital, Cairo, in August 2013.

The trial is the largest in Egypt since the army ousted Morsi on July 3, 2013.

Such legal proceedings are conducted as part of a clampdown by the military-backed government on Morsi’s supporters, who have remained defiant in calls for the reinstatement of the first democratically-elected president.

On August 14, 2013, hundreds of people were reportedly killed and thousands of others wounded in the clashes that erupted when security forces moved in to disperse Morsi’s supporters from two camps - one near the Rabaah al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City and a smaller one in Nahda Square in Giza.


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