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Egypt's Mursi in court for second time

Source: Reuters - Wed, 8 Jan 2014 07:07 GMT
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CAIRO, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi arrived in court on Wednesday for the second session of his trial on charges of inciting the killing of protesters during his time as head of state, state media reported.

The charges relate to violence outside the presidential palace in December, 2012, during protests ignited by a presidential decree that expanded Mursi's powers. The army deposed the Muslim Brotherhood politician on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.

Mursi was last month ordered to stand trial in two further cases. The new charges include conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas, Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Shi'ite Islamist government of Iran against Egypt, and involvement in a terrorist plot related to his escape from prison in 2011.

Fourteen other Islamist leaders are standing trial with Mursi in the case being heard on Wednesday. (Writing by Tom Perry; editing by Ralph Boulton)

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