Morsi: Egypt's stability linked to coup

2013-11-13 19:41
Mohammed Morsi. (AP)

Mohammed Morsi. (AP)

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Cairo - Egypt's deposed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi said, in a statement attributed to him on Wednesday, that there will be no stability in the country "without removing consequences of the coup."

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was ousted by the army in July after massive street protests against his one-year rule.

"Egypt will not recover without removing the consequences of the coup and holding to account those responsible for shedding Egyptians' blood," he said in a statement read out on his behalf by a lawyer who visited him in a prison on Tuesday.

Morsi's overthrow triggered mass protests and street violence in Egypt, leaving hundreds dead.

"This coup is a crime and treason," lawyer Mohammed al-Damati quoted Morsi as saying. "I see this coup starting to collapse."

The lawyer told reporters that Morsi insisted he was still the president of the country.

Earlier this month an Egyptian court opened Morsi's trial on charges of inciting the killing of opposition protesters outside the presidential palace in December. The trial is to resume on 8 January.

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