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Morsi faces Egypt court on jail break

In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Egypt's toppled President Mohammed Morsi stands inside a glass-encased metal cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Jan. 28. 2014
In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Egypt's toppled President Mohammed Morsi stands inside a glass-encased metal cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Jan. 28. 2014

London Daily Telegraph

Egypt's first freely elected president Mohamad Morsi has appeared in court in a glass cage, charged with taking part in an illegal prison break.

It was his second appearance since he was deposed in a July 3 military coup.

The case relates to the escape of 20,000 inmates from Egypt's prisons during its 2011 revolution, including Mr Morsi and other members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The former president and 131 co-defendants, are accused of conniving to "destroy the Egyptian state".

Mr Morsi cut an apoplectic figure. Standing inside the glass dock, built to avoid the pandemonium that ensued at a previous trial, his agitated shouts were broadcast via speakers.

"Who are you?" demanded an incensed Mr Morsi of the judge, adding: "Do you know who I am?"

At one point, Mr Morsi said he was still the legitimate president of Egypt, and asked the judiciary not to engage in political revenge. © Daily Telegraph, London)

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