CAIRO: Egyptian authorities yesterday ordered new trials for 242 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the latest in a series of mass tribunals against backers of the ousted Islamist president over protests and violence.
Thousands have been arrested in a crackdown on Mohamed Mursi’s supporters since his ouster in July. Recently, authorities have announced trials of low-level Brotherhood members, each with dozens of defendants.
In the latest cases, officials said 170 Islamists in the southern city of Assiut were charged with storming and burning government installations.
Another 72 in Beheira province, northwest of Cairo, will be tried on charges of attempted murder, illegal protests and acquisition of firearms.
The prosecutor general, meanwhile, ordered an inquiry into a complaint accusing satirist Bassem Youssef for mocking the military and its top commander Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.
Youssef was on air, ridiculing the sweeping nationalist fervour that gripped Egyptians after the ouster of Mursi and the subsequent euphoria surrounding Al Sisi, widely expected to run for president. AP