Egypt orders arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leader

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The Egyptian prosecution ordered the arrest of 10 Muslim Brotherhood members, including their spiritual leader, for allegedly instigating violence that killed more than 50 Brotherhood backers in clashes with the army this week.

Arrest warrants were issued for Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie as well as his deputy, Mahmoud Ezzat, said a statement issued by the general prosecutor’s office on Wednesday. It added that 8 other Brotherhood members were ordered to be taken into custody.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s state TV reported that the prosecutor general had issued arrest warrants for top Brotherhood officials Safwat Hijazi and Essam el-Erian.

At least 54 people were killed in clashes on Monday near Cairo’s Republican Guard headquarters, where supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Mursi were demanding that he be reinstated.

The army had ousted the president and dissolved the Islamist-drafted constitution following protests that saw millions taking to the streets calling for Mursi’s resignation.

(With AFP, AP)

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