Muslim Brotherhood Leader Morsi Screams, Pounds on Cage in Court

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s former president of Egypt, threw quite a tantrum at his court appearance when he was put into a soundproof glass cage and told that he would not be allowed to address the court unless he raised his hand.

Every dictator fears ending up where Morsi is now and unlike Mussolini, Morsi had a much shorter run going from prison to power and back to prison in only a few years.

This time he’s on trial for breaking out of prison, though the AP, like most media outlets, carefully avoids mentioning the charges.

Egypt’s toppled President Mohammed Morsi appeared at a new trial Tuesday wearing a white prison uniform in soundproof glass-encased metal cage, pacing and shouting angrily at the judge in apparent disbelief: “Who are you? Tell me!”

In a half hour of recorded footage aired on state television, Morsi protested being in a cage for his trial on charges related to prison breaks in 2011, yelling: “Do you know where I am?”

Morsi raised his hands in the air and angrily questioned why he was in the court. Judge Shabaan el-Shami responded: “I am the head of Egypt’s criminal court!”

This is the second time Morsi has appeared in court since the coup. At his first appearance in November, Morsi wore a trim, dark suit and appeared far less agitated, though he interrupted the judge and gave long speeches.

Authorities apparently resorted to the glass-encased cage to muffle the defendants’ outbursts, which have disrupted the previous hearing. The judge controls the microphone to the cage.

In court Tuesday, 19 other defendants appeared with Morsi. Another 110 defendants, including members of the Palestinian militant group Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, are being tried in absentia.

To find out what Morsi is being charged with, you have to go to the Egyptian media.

The charges are linked to the escape of more than 20,000 inmates from three Egyptian prisons during the early days of the 2011 popular revolt. Prosecutors said defendants face charges of damaging and setting fire to prison buildings, murder, and attempting to murder several people and looting prison weapons depots while allowing prisoners from the “Hamas movement, Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Jihadists, Brotherhood [members] and other criminals” to break out of jails.

Morsi and 130 co-defendants are accused of “carrying out a plot to bring down the Egyptian state and its institutions.” Prosecutors said over 800 fighters from Gaza had infiltrated Egypt, using RPGs and heavy armaments while storming three prisons, abducting four policemen and killing several other policemen and inmates.

But in a surprise move, Morsi appointed Islamist thinker Mohamed Selim El-Awa as his defence lawyer, who shall represent him in this trial and all three other cases Morsi faces. In a separate trial for inciting violence, Morsi repeatedly refused to appoint a lawyer, saying he did not recognise the court’s authority.

 

  • De Doc

    My, oh my! And most Egyptians thought they had to go to the chimp exhibit at the zoo to see such a display.

    • AzzaSedky

      And we had him as a president.

      • ZZ

        Be thankful you never had Obama. At least you were able to get rid of Morsi. Obama is worse than herpes.

  • JohnDahodi

    It is too bad that the custodian of democracy, America and the western world is rather than saving the infant democracy in the Arab world, whole heartily supporting the dictators to kill the democracy and jail the elected President and impose his own rule for another decade or more??

    • Drakken

      Your MB is a theocracy, not a democracy. Your muslim cesspools are either ruled by the Generals who keep you islamist from getting too out of line, and the mullahs which encourage you savages to go forth and commit jihad. So I’ll take the Generals who kep you savages under semi-control anyday. It will be a good day when Morsi and the rest of the MB is put up against walls and taken to the gallows. I’ll celebrate it.

    • Anukem Jihadi

      Morsi was ejected from power by around 28 million Egyptians after only 1 year in power. Doesn’t get any more democratic than that in the Middle East.
      Morsi needed a chaperone not a “custodian” anyway because
      without Obama he never would have been elected.
      Unfortunately for Morsi Egyptians have a lower tolerance for losers than Americans.
      Not to mention that Morsi was busy undermining democratic institutions from day one just like his big boss in the White House.

      Sorry, call it like I see it.

      • EWSTX

        So, when can we get Benghazi Obama and ValJar in a cage like that?

        • gerry

          That’s the question the whole world is asking!We stay tune!

    • john spielman

      Democracy in an Islamic country is impossible because the very core of Islam is a vile theocracy of terror and intimidation. How can a just and democratic society develope with apartheid sharia law is its base? Answer it can’t, Islam and sharia are demonic at their very heart and encourage violence against unbelievers and even Muslims who convert from Islam to another religion.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      That’s not the kind of democracy we support. Only those wanting to provoke an international communist revolution want “Islamic democracy” to help their cause.

      I didn’t say they were smart.

    • Notalibfool

      Morsi never planned to support a real democracy in Egypt. I suggest that you do some research on the organization that he belongs to, the Muslim Brotherhood.

      Besides, as others have noted here, it was the people of Egypt that freed themselves from the tyrant Morsi while the “president” of the US continued to back his dictatorial regime.

    • http://www.chaverimisrael.org Norbert Haag

      Here is the Moslem Brotherhood definition of democracy:

      “One vote one time”

      It is the credo of all autocrats in the 20. century from Hitler over Mussolini to all other comrades of the collectivist creed. Atheist and religionists alike.

  • sherrades

    Probably shown on CNN in Egypt again and not CNN America, so what’s that tell ya about having the MB here in the USA and our journalism?—

  • AzzaSedky

    Morsi must be terrified of the sentencing; this is why he is screaming and raging.

    This, what Morsi did, is treason, pure and simple. See what a national security officer situated in Sinai had to say about Morsi after the escape and after he became president.

    “What construes betrayal” http://azzasedky.typepad.com/egypt/2013/10/what-construes-betrayal.html

    • Notalibfool

      Morsi deserves to be in jail. Hopefully he never walks free again.

  • UCSPanther

    I wonder if the Calgary Zoo would be interested in having another exhibit…

  • Shmalkandik

    The Man in the Glass Booth. Remind you of any one else?

    • john spielman

      Adolf Eichmann and Morisi have much in common except Morisi was only given the 1 year of mass murder/genocide against the Copts while Eichmann had years against the Jews

  • http://www.chaverimisrael.org Norbert Haag

    It soothes my nerves having this crook yell behind a glass wall rather than having him still sit -courtesy of the POTUS and his clan- at the chair of the president of Egypt.