Egypt court adjourns Mursi trial to January 8

Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood or ousted president Mohamed Mursi shout slogans in his support during a protest outside the Police Academy where Mursi's trial takes place on Monday, Nov 4, 2013, in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian co
Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood or ousted president Mohamed Mursi shout slogans in his support during a protest outside the Police Academy where Mursi's trial takes place on Monday, Nov 4, 2013, in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court on Monday adjourned to January 8 the trial of Mursi over his alleged involvement in the death of protesters during his year in power. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO, Nov 04, 2013 (AFP) - An Egyptian court on Monday adjourned to January 8 the trial of ousted president Mohamed Mursi over his alleged involvement in the death of protesters during his year in power.

Mursi, in his first public appearance since the army deposed him in July, rejected the proceedings, an AFP correspondent attending the trial reported, and told the court: "I am Dr Mohamed Morsi, the president of the republic... This court is illegal."

He slammed his overthrow by the army and called on military leaders to face trial.

"This was a military coup. The leaders of the coup should be tried. A coup is treason and a crime," Mursi said.

Defiantly, Mursi arrived in court wearing a suit rather than the customary white detention clothes.

Two of his co-defendants, senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders Essam al-Erian and Mohammed al-Beltagui, chanted "Down with military rule" at the start of the hearing, and applauded Mursi when he walked in.

Mursi came to power in June 2012 in the country's first free elections, made possible by a popular uprising a year earlier.

He and 14 others are charged with inciting the deaths of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

They face the death penalty or a life sentence.