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Egypt adjourns Mursi espionage trial in stormy start

Published on Feb 16, 2014 10:02 PM

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Mursi charged he was being muzzled in a soundproof dock at the start of his trial on espionage charges on Sunday, as his defence lawyers staged a protest walk-out.

The court adjourned the trial, the third for the Islamist since his July 3 ouster, to Feb 23 to allow the lawyers' syndicate to appoint new lawyers.

Mursi, who has shouted that he was Egypt's legitimate and elected president in hearings of other trials against him, said the court was trying to silence him.

"We are in a farce, all this because you are afraid of me. You are afraid that the president speaks," Mursi cried out.

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