The trial of Egypt’s former leader Mohamed Morsi and 14 others has been halted because of the defendants’ chanting.

The adjournment – on the first day of the controversial trial – is likely to last until later on Monday and comes after a two-hour delay to the start of proceedings.

Security officials said the delay was caused by Mohamed Morsi not wanting to change into prison uniform, part of his refusal to recognise the trial’s legitimacy.

Some 20,000 police officers have been deployed to maintain order as Morsi goes on trial accused of inciting the deaths of at least 10 protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012.

Egypt’s first democratically-elected president could face the death penalty or a life sentence if found guilty.

A statement from the deposed leader, published in the Al Ahram newspaper, said: “I am the legitimate president of the country. I refuse to accept that the Egyptian judiciary be a cover for the criminal military coup.

“I am present here by force and I demand that the head of this court not participate in the coup and restore my authority as president.” see more

source: skynews