Morsi to sue army-installed authorities

[JURIST] Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] will file a complaint against current authorities alleging that the coup ousting him from his office was a crime. His lawyers told reporters on Wednesday that the former president is planning to file the complaint with the administrative court. Morsi is current awaiting his trial for inciting the murder of several protesters during his presidency after it was adjourned [JURIST report] earlier this month until January. Morsi rejected the court's authority by refusing to dress in prison clothing and declaring the trial illegitimate, stating that he was still the lawful president of Egypt. He was deposed [JURIST report] in July by the Egyptian military

Controversy continues to surround the transition following the Egyptian Revolution [JURIST backgrounder]. Morsi's actions while in office have generated much criticism, and his trial has prompted a great deal of scholarship [JURIST op-eds]. In October Egyptian police arrested [JURIST report] a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to a source from Egypt's Interior Ministry. Also in October three criminal court judges presiding over a Muslim Brotherhood trial resigned without elaboration [JURIST report]. Earlier this month an Egyptian court dismissed charges [JURIST report] against former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei, who served as vice president in the government set up by the military, but stepped down in protest of the violence directed at protesters. During the same month, an Amnesty International report showed Egyptian security forces used live ammunition [JURIST report] to disperse protesters.

 

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