Mursi trial begins in Egypt

2013-11-04 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) Egypt on Monday began the trial of ousted president Mohamed Mursi. It is the second time in just over two years that an overthrown president has been in court in Egypt. The trial is not being aired on state television and journalists were barred from bringing their telephones into the courtroom set up in a Cairo police academy.
The now-banned Muslim Brotherhood has said it will not abandon street protests to pressure the army,which toppled Mursi on July 3, to reinstate him
Speaking to Vatican Radio the Chief press spokesman, of the Greek Melkite Catholic Church in Cairo, Fr. Rafic Greiche says he hopes the trial will help turn a page for the Egyptian people.
“The trials will bring some instability, but we need the trials because we want our country which respects the law…”
Mursi and 14 other Islamists are charged with inciting violence.

The defendants including Mursi could face a life sentence or death penalty if found guilty. Listen to Lydia O’Kane’s interview with Fr. Rafic Greiche