Sunday, November 3, 2013

Letters from Egypt: Location of Morsi Trial Announced

Cautionary statement: If your employment is located in the vicinity, you live in Katamaya or other places requiring you to use the Ring Road and Autostrad – you may experience delays and/or road closures.

It’s that time of year again. Time to put another former leader on trial. And time for media to run wild with visions of a complete meltdown in Egypt.

Speculation loomed over where the trial for ousted president Mohamed Morsi and 14 others in the Morsi camp would be held with most figuring that it would be at Tora (prison grounds in Maadi that holds a lot of high-profile political prisoners). In a move that was expected, authorities changed the location right before the start date (November 4). Now the trial will be held in an area near the police academy in New Cairo.

Mubarak on trial back in 2012
This is déjà vu for a few reasons. First of all, it’s the same place where former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was also placed on trial. Mubarak stood accused of premeditated murder of peaceful protestors. Morsi stands accused of inciting murder and violent acts. Both trials started around the same time (Mubarak’s began in December 2011, Morsi is November 2013). An appeals court overturned Mubarak’s life sentence in January so keep your head up Morsi, maybe 2015 will be your year.

Although, if you’re reading this Morsi, I’d really like it if you could show up in the courtroom via a hospital bed surrounded by a cage. I mean, I know that the trial, unlike Mubarak’s, will not be public – but do it anyway. It would be epic.

For more information on Morsi’s trial and other people standing with him, please read Al Ahram’s FAQs about Morsi’s Trial.

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