Egypt refers Muslim Brotherhood chief to criminal court for violence

Cairo, Sept. 9 (ANI): Egyptian prosecution referred Muslim Brotherhood's (MB) General Guide Mohamed Badie and other fourteen members to the criminal court for inciting violence and murder in recent clashes in Giza, official news agency MENA reported on Sunday.

The fourteen members of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohamed Morsi hails, includes the MB's senior member Mohamed al-Beltagi, and deputy chief of the movement's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) Essam al-Erian.

Prosecutor General Hesham Barakat accused Badie along with the other members of inciting violence, terrorism, and murder against security forces and anti-Morsi protesters during the July 14 clashes, in which the Islamists called for reinstating Morsi. The date of the trial has not been decided yet.

This is the second time that Badie has been referred to the criminal court. The first trial of Badie along with his two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Mohamed Saad al-Katatni, was scheduled for Aug. 25, but they didn't appear in court for security reasons. The trial has been postponed to Oct. 29.

The three were suspected of inciting violence and killing anti-Morsi protesters outside the Muslim Brotherhood's Guidance Bureau, Xinhua reported.

Moreover, more than 3,500 MB's members have been arrested since the ouster of Morsi on July 3.

At the beginning of September, Morsi and other 14 people were referred to the criminal court for their involvement in a journalist's death and the bloody clashes outside of the Itihadyah presidential palace last year, but the date of a trial has not been decided yet. (ANI)


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