Cairo: Amid disruptions during proceedings, an Egyptian judge has adjourned the trial of toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsy until January 8, state television reports.
Egyptian security officials said Mr Morsy has told the court that he was the “legitimate president” of the country.
According to them, Mr. Morsy also rejected the proceedings against him. The defiant remarks came shortly after Mr. Morsy’s trial began in Cairo on Monday.
The officials, who were inside the courtroom, spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the proceedings.
Mr. Morsy’s comments came in response to a judge calling his name out after identifying him as a “defendant.”
Mr. Morsy replied, “I am Dr. Mohamed Morsy, the president of the republic. I am Egypt’s legitimate president.”
Mr. Morsy could face the death penalty if convicted.
Earlier, he was brought from the secret location of his four-month detention to face trial on charges of incitement of violence and murder. It was Mr Morsy’s first public appearance since his ouster in a coup on July 3.
The start of the hearing was delayed by nearly two hours over what security officials inside the courtroom said was a dispute over Mr Morsy’s refusal to wear a prison uniform, part of his rejection of the trial’s legitimacy.
The session later got underway though it was not immediately known how the issue of Mr Morsy’s attire was resolved but the proceedings were soon adjourned because the defendants Morsy and 14 other Muslim Brotherhood figures started chanting and disrupted the hearing.