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Morsi trial adjourned until Feb. 4

The trial, set to reopen Saturday, was adjourned to allow for further examination of video footage showing clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters which may be linked to the case.

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An Egyptian man holds a placard showing deposed president Mohamed Morsi and fellow defendants behind bars, as police forces stand guard outside the Police Academy in Cairo where a second hearing in Morsi's murder trial opened and was then adjourned on Feb. 1, 2014. (Mahmoud Khaled/AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO, Egypt — A Cairo court on Saturday adjourned the trial which sees Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi accused of inciting the killing of protesters, while dozens of supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood were jailed for other crimes.

Morsi, who was deposed by the army in July following mass protests against him, remained largely silent in the hearing, which has been adjourned until Tuesday.

Four separate sets of charges have been brought against Morsi since he was ousted, at least one of which can carry the death penalty.

At previous trials, he had openly defied the authority of courts dealing. Several of the 14 other defendants in Saturday's session, sitting in glass cages like Morsi, turned their back on the judge, a Reuters witness said.

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Morsi is accused of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace during unrest in late 2012 ignited by a decree that expanded his powers. Around a dozen people were killed.

The trial was adjourned to allow for further examination of video footage showing clashes between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters which may be linked to the case.

Morsi also faces other charges including violence related to a mass jail break in 2011, plotting with foreigners to carry out a terrorist conspiracy against Egypt and insulting the judiciary.

Egypt's interim government is pursuing a fierce crackdown on the Brotherhood, which it declared a "terrorist organization."

A court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia sentenced 13 supporters of the Brotherhood on Saturday to six years in jail for illegal assembly and destruction of private and public property, judicial sources said.

In Qalyubia province north of Cairo, 32 Brotherhood supporters were sentenced to two years in jail, forced labor and a fine for breaking a law making protests without prior police permission illegal, state news agency MENA reported.

The law was introduced by the interim government last November.

Egypt is pushing ahead with an army-backed plan for political transition, with presidential and parliamentary elections due to take place within months.

Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is widely expected to announce his presidential bid and win easily.

(Thomson Reuters contributed to this report; Reporting by Shadia Nasralla; Editing by Sophie Hares)

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