Court date set for deposed Morsi

It will be Mohamed Morsi’s first public appearance since being toppled.

Deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi. Picture: AFP

CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Wednesday set 4 November as the date for the trial of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi and other senior figures in the Muslim Brotherhood on charges of inciting violence.

Morsi has been held in a secret location since his overthrow in early July. If he is brought before the court, it will be his first appearance in public since then.

The trial could further inflame tensions between the Islamist movement and the army-backed government and deepen the political instability that has decimated tourism and investment in the most populous Arab state.

Judge Nabil Saleeb said Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood members had been charged with "inciting the killing and torture of protesters in front of the Etihadeya (presidential) palace".

The charges relate to the deaths of about a dozen people in violent clashes outside the presidential palace last December after Morsi enraged protesters with a decree expanding his powers.

Egypt has been in a state of upheaval since the army removed Morsi following mass protests against his rule and then launched a tough crackdown against his Brotherhood, killing hundreds at protest camps and arresting about 2,000.