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Defiant Mursi tells court he is still Egypt's president

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 - 01:42

Nov. 4 - Ousted Egyptian leader Mohamed Mursi struck a defiant tone on the first day of his trial. Mana Rabiee reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: -- REUTERS CANNOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THE VIDEO WHICH WAS UPLOADED BY AL WATAN NEWSPAPER -- AUDIO AS INCOMING. -- SOME OF THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 He was Egypt's first freely-elected President but on Monday a defiant Mohamed Mursi arrived for the first day of his trial. The ousted Islamist president is facing charges of inciting violence in December, during mass protests against his rule. In court, an angry Mursi chanted 'Down with military rule' and called himself Egypt's only 'legitimate' president. Outside, hundreds of opponents of the army-backed government echoed that feeling. They say the trial -- which wasn't televised on state TV - is a sham. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MURSI SUPPORTER, MAGED MOHAMED, SAYING: "We want a public trial so we can know the truth" (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SUPPORTER, SAYING: "They are hiding something. Why are they keeping it secret?... There is something going on. The military can't be trusted. They are liars." Even some opposed to Mursi the man protested the trial itself. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MAN OPPOSED TO MURSI TRIAL BUT WHO SAYS HE PARTICIPATED IN ANTI-MURSI PROTESTS, ABDUL RAHMAN MAHMOUD, SAYING: "We haven't seen justice done yet. All we see are people being arrested and we can't accept even people we disagree with being arrested in this repressive way." Mursi's repeated interruptions in court prompted a judge to adjourn the trial to January. He's being kept in an undisclosed location. On Monday, Egypt's Al Watan newspaper released what it says is recent video of Mursi in detention, which Reuters can't verify. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) OUSTED EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT, MOHAMED MURSI, SAYING "I am a simple price to pay for this nation and let God be my witness, what is happening now is affecting Egypt in its entirety." Mursi was toppled by the army in July, only a year into his presidency, and the charges he now faces could carry the death penalty. His Muslim Brotherhood supporters vow to continue mass protests to have him reinstated.

Defiant Mursi tells court he is still Egypt's president

Monday, Nov 04, 2013 - 01:42

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