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Morsi likely to accept legal representation

Morsi's trial on charges of inciting the murder of demonstrators outside the Ittihadiya presidential palace late last year will resume on January 8.

During the first session on November 4, the ousted leader refused to recognize the trial's legitimacy or accept legal representation.

Mohamed al-Damati, a spokesman of the defense team in the case, said the court has asked for lawyers to represent the deposed president in the coming session.

"This means that it has become necessary for him to have a lawyer instead of being assigned one by the court," he told Anadolu Agency.

Under Egyptian law, the court must provide the defendant with a lawyer if the defendant fails to do so.

"The high number of lawsuits against Morsi makes it necessary for him to have a legal representation," al-Damati said.

Morsi, Egypt's first civilian president, faces charges of conspiring with the Gaza-based Hamas group to launch hostile acts in Egypt.

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