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Mursi Insists He’s President While Refusing to Enter Plea

Egypt’s former President Mohamed Mursi went on trial today and said his overthrow was a military coup and he remains the country’s legitimate leader.

“The coup is treason,” Mursi, who hadn’t been seen in public since his July 3 ouster, told the court in Cairo. “I’m the president of the republic and I’m here against my will.” He refused to enter a plea on charges of inciting violence that led to the killing of protesters last year, and challenged the court’s jurisdiction to try him.