August 5, 2013

Egyptian court: MB leaders’ trial opens on Aug. 25

Leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie along with five other group members are slated to stand trial on August 25, an Egyptian court says.
Leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie
Leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie

According to the court’s decision released on Sunday, Badie, his two deputies Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi, and three other group members are to stand trial in late August.

On July 10, Egypt’s prosecutor general ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders including the supreme leader of the group, Mohammed Badie, on charges of inciting the killing of protesters.

The ruling came following the violence on July 8, outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo in which over 80 people were killed during the clashes between the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, and Egypt’s military.

Tensions in Egypt have soared following the killing of dozens in rival rallies between the supporters and opponents of Morsi since his overthrow.

Egypt Army chief, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, announced on July 3 that Morsi was no longer in office and declared the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as the interim president on July 4.

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