Trial of Islamist leader adjourned

February 04, 2014 - 6:37:15 am

Relatives talk to Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders standing inside the defendants cage before the start of their trial in the police institute near Cairo’s Turah prison, yesterday.

CAIRO: An Egyptian court yesterday adjourned to February 15 the trial of the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide over violence that left two people dead, judicial sources said.

Along with 47 leaders and members of the Islamist movement, supreme guide Mohamed Badie is accused of inciting violence that erupted in the Nile Delta city of Qaliub, days only after the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, the sources said.

Badie and the others, wearing the white uniform of defendants, appeared behind a cage running along the side of the court, as family members spoke to relatives before the hearing. Since Mursi’s overthrow, his supporters have been staging near daily protests, calling for his reinstatement.

The rallies have often descended into deadly street clashes with security forces and civilian opponents.

The trial is part of a relentless crackdown led by the authorities against Mursi supporters that has left more than 1,400 killed, according to Amnesty International, and thousands of others detained.

Badie and his two deputies, Khairat Al Shater and Rashad Bayoumi, are also being tried on separate charges related to the deaths of protesters who stormed the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters on June 30. That trial will resume on February 13, the sources said yesterday, after judges previously withdrew twice from the case. Mursi himself is facing four separate trials.

He is accused of inciting the killing of opposition protesters in December 2012 outside the presidential palace. He is also being tried for a prison break during the 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak.

The deposed Islamist president likewise faces charges of espionage in collaboration with the Palestinian Hamas movement and of insulting the judiciary.

AFP

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