Egypt interim gov’t to try Brotherhood leaders

Egypt interim gov’t to try Brotherhood leaders
Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:16:13

Egypt’s interim government is going to put three top Muslim Brotherhood leaders on trial on charges of inciting deadly violence, the country’s state news agency has said.

Muslim Brotherhood supreme leader Mohamed Badie, and his two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumy, will not attend Sunday’s High Court session in Cairo, the MENA reported on Saturday.

Egyptian authorities arrested 70-year-old Badie last week. Shater and Bayoumy were detained earlier.

The trial shows the determination of Egypt's new rulers to crush an organization, which won five successive elections after the ouster of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Earlier in the day, the Anti-Coup Pro-Democracy Alliance said it would continue protests despite the interim government’s brutal crackdown on the demonstrators demanding the reinstatement of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

The government of interim President Adly Mansour has launched a fierce crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members.

Former dictator Hosni Mubarak is now under house arrest at a military hospital following his release from jail on Thursday, whereas Morsi, the country’s first democratically president, who was removed from office by the army on July 3, remains under arrest.

Nearly 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi anti-coup protesters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.


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