Former president Mohamed Morsi went on trial Tuesday on charges of breaking out of prison, a day after Egypt’s military endorsed the army chief who deposed him as a presidential candidate.
Morsi, ousted by the army in July, is already on trial for inciting the killings of Opposition activists during his presidency and faces two other trials that have yet to begin. TV showed Morsi, dressed in a white prison uniform, gesticulating angrily at the court, both arms raised.
“Who are you,” he demanded to know, adding “do you know who I am?” In response, a judge said “I am the president of the Cairo Criminal Court.”
Another 21 defendants were in the dock with him, among them the supreme guide of his now-banned Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie.
Meanwhile, in a separate incident, gunmen killed a senior Egyptian interior ministry official outside his home in Cairo on Tuesday, putting pressure on the military-backed government as it struggles to contain an Islamist insurgency. The death of General Mohamed Saeed suggested militants were stepping up their campaign against the state.