CAIRO -- Deposed Egyptian president
Morsi, who was ousted nearly seven months ago by the army, is facing four separate court proceedings. Although he has been jailed since early July, Tuesday was just his second court appearance.
Two earlier sessions of his separate trials were brief and disorderly. In the first, in November, Morsi and his co-defendants on trial on charges of inciting murder shouted angry slogans at the judge, and the session was adjourned after only a few moments.
His second scheduled appearance, in an espionage case, was to have taken place earlier this month, but authorities decided not to bring Morsi to the court venue, citing bad weather that allegedly made the helicopter flight from his high-security prison impossible. That session also was cut short.
On Tuesday, court officials had new measures in place to prevent Morsi and those on trial alongside him from shouting down the judge. Authorities installed a soundproof glass cage, so the ex-leader could hear the proceedings but not speak audibly unless he was given permission to do so.
Nearly all senior leaders of Morsi’s
Morsi won Egypt’s first free presidential election in 2012, following the revolution three years ago that ousted autocrat
At previous sessions of the trials, small bands of pro-Morsi
Sisi, now a field marshal, has been given the army's blessing to run for president, and is expected to formally announce his candidacy soon.