The trial of ousted President Mohamed Morsi was temporarily adjourned shortly after it began on Monday after the defendants caused a ruckus in the courtroom by chanting from inside the dock, state media reported.
Morsi had arrived in a helicopter early Monday morning to the Police Academy where the first hearing in the case of the Ettehadiya Presidential Palace clashes last December is being held, a police source told the privately-owned Al-Masry Al-Youm.
Morsi alongside another 14 defendants who also reached the court early Monday, according to Ossama al-Sagheer, the head of the Cairo Security Directorate, are accused of inciting murder during the December 5 violence near the presidential palace, which left 11 people dead and scores injured. The other defendants include Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy and Essam al-Erian as well as Abdel Rahman Ezz and Ahmad al-Mogheer, of the movement's youth. Among the defendants are also Assaad al-Sheikha, Ayman Hodhod and Ahmad Abdel Aty, who worked as part of Morsi's presidential team. The defendants also include radical preacher Wagdi Ghoneim as well as Gamal Saber, a leader in the Hazemoun movement that was born around Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abou Ismail.
The presiding judge, Ahmad Sabry Youssef, has a track record of ruling in important cases such as the case against presidential candidate and Morsi's main contender in the 2012 elections Ahmad Shafiq whereby he was found innocent of charges of public funds embezzlement. Youssef also sentenced the guard of Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairat al-Shater to one year in prison, as he was accused of carrying unlicensed weapons.
The trial is the first in a series of cases held against Morsi, who was ousted from power by the military