Egypt tightens security ahead of Morsi`s trial

Egypt`s interior ministry Thursday announced a status of alert for all its sectors ahead of the trial of ousted president Mohammed Morsi scheduled for November 4, according to the country`s official news agency.

AFP| Updated: Oct 31, 2013, 19:19 PM IST

Cairo: Egypt`s interior ministry Thursday announced a status of alert for all its sectors ahead of the trial of ousted president Mohammed Morsi scheduled for November 4, according to the country`s official news agency.

"Twenty thousand officers and recruits from different sectors of the interior ministry are taking part in the trial`s security plan and will deploy Saturday, two days before the trial," Xinhua cited the news agency as reporting.

The plan is to monitor Morsi`s departure from Tora prison, escorting him to his plane and then to the trial`s headquarters in a police institute in Cairo.

Morsi and 14 other leading Muslim Brotherhood members face charges of inciting violence during protests outside the presidential palace last year and after the dispersal of the two main Islamist sit-in camps in Cairo and Giza in mid-August.

All the roads connecting Tora with other areas will be blocked, while both relatives and the media will be subjected to searches, the source added, noting that security presence will be extended into several provinces after Islamists called for massive demonstrations to support Morsi`s reinstatement.

Additional deployment of security forces will be expanded in the Suez Canal cities and outside the main government buildings.