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Monday, 4 November 2013

Military junta puts President Morsi on trial.

Egypt on high alert as Mohamed Morsi trial threatens to revive civil unrest

President Mohammed Morsi

A "show trial" where the verdict is already reached but not yet announced.
No matter which way the "anti Morsi" factions seek to embellish reality and change the historical fact, President Mohammed Morsi was removed from office by an illegal military coup. Not that in itself that is anything new for Egypt. The previous Presidencies of Nasser, Sadat and Mubarak have all demonstrated that the real power in Egypt lies with the military, since Nasser (formally Revolutionary Command Council Vice Chairman), assumed power in the 1950's. The point is that Morsi was democratically elected, the first such elected President in the recent history of Egypt and was overthrown by a military coup led by Abdel Fatah al-Sisi who installed Adly Mansour as the puppet "interim President".
It has not gone un noticed by many observers that the supporters of the former President, Hosni Mubarak, now occupy positions of power within the current administration and in many instances remained in office throughout the Presidency of Morsi, no doubt contributing to the removal of the elected President in July.
"Court officials" have not yet determined whether this trial will be televised or even if Morsi will be allowed to attend, but it seems that "a police compound on the eastern outskirts of Cairo" is the most likely venue.
The court and the trial have no standing in law as they are themselves a result of an illegal coup. That however is a minor detail in the eyes of the military junta currently running Egypt.