Updated – Nov. 4, 7:02 a.m., ET
The trial of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and 14 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood has been adjourned until Jan. 8, 2014.
The trial started two hours late on Monday morning, and was quickly adjourned. It’s been reported that interruption was caused by Morsi refusing to put on a prison uniform and the defendants chanting that the trial was not legitimate. Egyptian officials have said that Morsi told the judge that he was the “legitimate president” and that he rejected the trial.
Morsi and the other defendants have been charged with inciting violence and causing the deaths of protestors. If he is found guilty, Egypt’s first democratically elected president could face a life sentence or even the death penalty.
Sky News reports that 20,000 police officers have been deployed to maintain order during the trial and that hundreds of Morsi supporters have gathered outside the trial venue to show their support.
Reports are conflicted as to where Morsi is currently being held:
BBC Breaking News
Egypt’s ousted President Morsi sent to Tora prison south of Cairo where former President Mubarak had been held http://t.co/giv8QWd43P
BBC Breaking News
Update: conflicting reports on Morsi prison destination with some security sources saying jail in Alexandria http://t.co/1iqbAbKZX8
Before the trial was adjourned, many gathered outside the trial venue, including journalists and supporters of Morsi:
Journos surround the few pro-Mursi protesters who have made it to the police academy for Mursitrial
Protesters outside Morsi trial.
Some have reported journalists being attacked by pro-Morsi protestors:
Shattered glass outside Mursi trial after pro-Mursi protesters attack so called pro-coup journalists and their car. Journos beaten badly.
While others saw the trial as an opportunity to make some money:
Capitalizing on situation in #Egypt: Man selling both #Morsi and #Sissi merchandise outside court during #MursiTrial
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