Egypt’s deposed President Mohammed Morsi has rejected the authority of the court that will try him for inciting the killing of protesters, the Muslim Brotherhood said.
The movement said on its website that neither Egyptian nor foreign lawyers would be defending Morsi, who “does not recognise the trial or any of the actions and processes that resulted from the coup, such as the politicisation of the judiciary”.
It said the only method of trial while Morsi will recognise is according to the 2012, 1971 and the 1956 constitutions, which specify that if a “president is to be tried, it has to be ahead of an exceptional court and through the consent of the majority of the parliament.”
“It doesn’t matter if you support Morsi or disagree with him on a personal level, the law is the law, and if the court decides to go through with the trial, it will be a legal scandal on a domestic and international level,” the Muslim Brotherhood said.
The statement charged that the Egyptian judiciary had become “a means of repression and terror used by the coup regime against opponents”.
Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member and Egypt’s first elected president after the ouster of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, was deposed by the military on July 3 amid massive protests against his one-year rule.
Morsi is to face court on November 4 along with 14 other senior Muslim Brotherhood figures for charges related to violence that occurred on December 5, 2012 in front of the Presidential Palace.
The clashes were a result of a protest by Muslim Brotherhood supporters, who attempted to forcibly evacuate anti-Brotherhood supporters who were conducting a sit-in.
At least five were killed in the violence and over 700 were injured.