Morsi defiant as trial begins, claims he is Egypt's legitimate leader

By REUTERS
November 4, 2013 12:57

CAIRO - Ousted Egyptian leader Mohamed Morsi struck a defiant tone on the first day of his trial on Monday, chanting 'Down with military rule', and calling himself the country's only 'legitimate' president.

Morsi, an Islamist who was toppled by the army in July after mass protests against him, appeared angry and interrupted the session repeatedly.

Dressed in a blue suit and held in a cage, Morsi made a Brotherhood hand gesture to express his disgust at a crackdown on a protest camp that was razed by security forces in August.

"This trial is illegitimate," said Morsi, prompting the judge to adjourn the session. Proceedings are expected to resume later on Monday.


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