30 August 2014

Egypt: Brotherhood Leaders' Trial Over Inciting Violence Postponed

Photo: Emad Ahmed/Aswat Masriya
The Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Mokattam on fire (file photo).

Cairo — A Cairo court postponed on Saturday the trial of Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and 17 other group members over charges of inciting violence to September 8.

Badie, his deputies Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi and 15 other Brotherhood members are facing trial over violence which took place outside the group's headquarters on June 30 and July 1 last year. The violence left at least nine killed.

Osama al-Helw, one of the lawyers representing the defendants in court, said the trial was postponed to hear the testimony of doctors from the Forensics Authority over the medical reports issued regarding those killed during the violence.

The court has also issued an arrest warrant to summon witnesses in the case who have failed to show up in court, reported state-run news agency MENA.

The 18 defendants are charged with premeditated murder, attempted murder, possession of explosives and firearms, and incitement to murder.

The Giza Criminal Court sentenced on Saturday Badie and other Brotherhood leaders to life in prison for inciting clashes outside al-Istiqama Mosque in Giza on July 22, 2013.

Badie has already been served a ratified death sentence over clashes in Minya last August. A criminal court confirmed on June 19 the supreme guide's death sentence alongside 182 other defendants. The mass death sentence has garnered international condemnation.

The Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide remains facing a string of other charges in more than one pending court case.

Muslim Brotherhood leaders have often found themselves behind bars and facing courts since the ouster of Brotherhood member and former Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on July 3 last year. A court in Minya has served over 1000 Brotherhood supporters preliminary death sentences in March and April 2014.

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