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Legal teams battle over evidence in Morsi trial

As the trial of former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi continues, his defense team argues that much of the state's evidence is inadmissible.
Judge Moustafa Mohammed Salama gestures while speaking during the trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders in a courtroom in Cairo December 11, 2013. Prominent members of the Brotherhood were arrested in a state crackdown on the group following the army overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi and are charged with perpetrating violence during July's clashes.  REUTERS/Stringer (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) - RTX16DUD
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“Incitement to kill demonstrators” is the accusation that plagues former Egyptian presidents when demonstrations lead to their ouster. Former President Hosni Mubarak and some of his regime were charged with incitement, as are former President Mohammed Morsi and 14 others. The latter include prominent members of the Muslim Brotherhood such as Essam el-Erian, the vice chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party (the political arm of the Brotherhood); Mohamed Beltagy, the party’s secretary in Cairo; and Wagdi Ghoneim, the Brotherhood-affiliated Muslim preacher.

After a trial that lasted months, Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison, a verdict his defense team and supporters characterized as politically motivated and meant to appease an angry public. But the sentence was appealed, and the Court of Cassation decided to permit a retrial, which is currently underway.

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