Brotherhood leaders absent from court as Mubarak’s trial resumes

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An Egyptian court on Sunday adjourned the trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and 32 other Islamist defendants to October 29, because the defendants were absent.

Security officials said they had not appeared in court for security reasons and their trial on inciting the murder of protesters was adjourned minutes after it opened.

Meanwhile, Egypt's ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak attended his trial Sunday on charges of inciting the murder of protesters, days after he was released from prison and placed under house arrest.

Live state television footage showed the 85-year-old in the defendants' cage along with his co-defendant interior minister, six security chiefs and his two sons.

The case is one of several against the former president.

Meanwhile, Brotherhood general guide Mohammad Badie and two deputies -- Rashad Bayoumi and Khairat al-Shater were due in court.

Badie was taken into custody last week -- the first time a Brotherhood supreme guide has been arrested since 1981.

Shater and Bayoumi were rounded up earlier, following the ouster of Mursi, a fellow Brotherhood member.

They are accused of inciting the murder of protesters who died outside their Cairo headquarters on the evening of June 30, when millions of Egyptians attended anti-Mursi protests.

Another three Brotherhood members are standing trial with them, accused of carrying out the murders in question.

All six face the death penalty if convicted.

Mursi has been in detention in an undisclosed location since army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed him.

More than 1,000 people, including about 100 soldiers and police, have died in violence across Egypt since Mursi's overthrow, making it the bloodiest civil unrest in the republic's 60-year history, according to Reuters news agency.

(With AFP and Reuters)

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