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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Ousted leader Morsi to face trial

Prime Minister David Cameron with former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi

Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is to face trial on charges of inciting the killing of opponents protesting outside his palace while he was in office.

Egypt's state news agency said the country's top prosecutor referred Mr Morsi for trial.

The military ousted Mr Morsi on July 3 after millions took to the street demanding he step down. He's been held incommunicado since.

Prosecutors have accused him of conspiring with foreign groups to break out of prison during the chaos of the country's 2011 uprising.

The decision however is the first referral to trial. Mr Morsi will be tried, along with 14 members of his Muslim Brotherhood, in a criminal court for allegedly committing acts of violence, inciting the killing of at least 10.

No date was announced for the trial.

Press Association

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