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A man walks past graffiti depicting ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi in downtown Cairo September 2, 2013.  (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

A man walks past graffiti depicting ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi in downtown Cairo on September 2, 2013. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—Judicial sources have informed Asharq Al-Awsat that former Islamist president Mohamed Mursi will be tried in open court and that the first court date has been set for the near future. Egypt’s state prosecutor referred Mursi to trial earlier this month on charges of inciting the murder of protesters.

Egyptian authorities are currently considering several locations for the former president’s trial. Mursi has been detained at an undisclosed location since the Egyptian military removed him from office on July 3 this year.

“Mursi is being held in a safe, undisclosed facility and is in good health,” the judicial source told Asharq Al-Awsat, adding that the former president is not cooperating with investigators.

As for whether the deposed president will face a civil or military trial, the source said: “[Egypt’s] public prosecutor is authorized to investigate specific civil charges that do not have any military aspect, including inciting the murder of demonstrators in front of the gates of the presidential palace in eastern Cairo during his presidency.”

Sources also revealed that Egypt’s Illicit Gains Authority is currently examining Mursi’s bank accounts as part of an investigation into his financial transactions during his presidency.

In July, Egypt’s public prosecutor froze the assets of 14 Muslim Brotherhood figures. including Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie and Deputy Guide Khairat El-Shater, who are also being detained on charges of inciting violence and murder as well as conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas.

The detained Brotherhood figures have denied all allegations against them, branding the charges as being “political.” They are also refusing to recognize the new leadership of Egypt.

Thirty senior Muslim Brotherhood figures, not including Badie and Shater, were referred for criminal trials on Wednesday.

In other news, Egypt’s military-backed interim government is continuing to take steps towards facilitating the transitional period and putting the road map into effect, implementing a number of political, social and economic reforms.

Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, issued a decree on Wednesday forming the Supreme Electoral Commission (SEC) to oversee a referendum on the country’s new constitution, which is currently in the process of being drafted.

The new commission is led by the head of Cairo’s Court of Appeals, Judge Nabil Salib.

The SEC’s new members include judges from Cairo’s Court of Cassation, the State Council and the court of appeals.

The 50-member committee tasked with amending the country’s constitution, which has been suspended since Mursi’s ouster, is due to issue a draft by November.

The referendum will take place within 30 days of the date the draft is issued.