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Egypt: Ousted president, Morsi remains defiant

By Konye Obaji Ori
Posted on Thursday, 14 November 2013 12:52

The indifferent Morsi on Tuesday dismissed the court that is trying him as illegitimate.

Morsi along with thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members have been detained since July, following his ouster.

Egypt would not regain its stability until the military coup is eliminated

Egypt military and the interim administration say Morsi’s ouster was a will of the people, and the arrests of members of the Brotherhood were part of a crackdown on “terrorism”.

However, Morsi says he was kidnapped and held against his will since the military deposed him, and warned that the country cannot be stable until he is returned to power.

Speaking at a meeting with a team of lawyers from the Brotherhood on Tuesday, Morsi relayed a message to the Egyptian people.

“The coup has begun to fall apart and will topple in the face of the steadfastness of the Egyptian people,” the lawyers quoted the statement as saying on Wednesday.

Pro-Morsi supporters say they will continue to protest against the military and demand the reinstatement of their leader.

“Egypt would not regain its stability until the military coup is eliminated and those responsible for shedding Egyptians’ blood are held accountable”, Morsi warned through the lawyers.

Egypt’s interim government said security will be bolstered in city centers and on main roads, but a State of emergency and curfew imposed in August to limit protests would be removed.

After the first session of his trial on charges of incitement of violence, Morsi was moved to a regular prison.

A separate trial of Morsi on fraud charges would begin on 23 December, state-run Nile News TV reported.