Egyptian security forces stand guard outside the Police Academy in Cairo where a new hearing in the murder trial of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammad Morsi opened on February 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO/MAHMOUD KHALED
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An Egyptian court will begin hearing testimonies in the murder trial of deposed Islamist President Mohammad Morsi from Wednesday, when a former top military officer will give evidence.Morsi and 14 co-defendants, including former aides, are accused of inciting the killing of opposition activists outside the presidential palace in December 2012, an incident that hastened his overthrow by the military almost seven months later.More than 1,000 people, mostly Islamists, have been killed in violence since Morsi's ouster.In December 2012, Morsi's supporters dispersed opposition activists camped outside the palace in protest at a decree granting the president extra-judicial powers, sparking day long clashes.
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