CAIRO: Al Qaeda chief Ayman Al Zawahiri’s brother is to stand trial with 67 others for forming a “terrorist group” and plotting attacks after Islamist president Mohammed Mursi’s ouster, Egyptian state media reported yesterday.
Mohamed Al Zawahiri was arrested last August, a month after Mursi’s ouster by the army, and has been called to go on trial by the state prosecutor.
The military-installed authorities have since launched a crackdown against Mursi’s supporters that has left more than 1,400 people dead and thousands jailed.
Zawahiri and the other suspects are accused of having set up an “Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group” that plotted attacks against government installations, security personnel and members of Egypt’s Christian minority, state news agency MENA said.
The group was seeking to “spread chaos and undermine security” across Egypt, it said.
MENA did not say whether the group had actually carried out any attacks nor did it give a date for the trial. It said 50 of the accused were in custody, while others are on the run. AFP