.
.
.
.

Egypt’s Brotherhood guide faces new murder charges, judiciary source says

Published: Updated:

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood general guide Mohammad Badie will stand trial in a second case regarding clashes in which several demonstrators were killed, judicial sources told AFP.

Several top figures in the Brotherhood, the group from which ousted President Mohammad Mursi hails, will stand trial along with Badie at a date that is yet to be decided, the sources added.

They are to be prosecuted in connection with the deaths of seven people on July 16 on the sidelines of a demonstration in Cairo calling for Mursi’s reinstatement, reported AFP.

The 14 people to be tried include senior Brotherhood members Mohammad al-Beltagy, Essam al-Erian, deputy head of its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party, firebrand preacher Safwat Hegazy and Mursi’s Supplies Minister Bassem Ouda.

Badie’s first trial, on allegations of having incited the murder of anti-Mursi protesters, is due to resume on October 29, reported AFP.

Along with Badie’s two deputies, both of who are also in jail, he is also accused of involvement in the deaths of protesters who stormed and torched the Brotherhood headquarters on June 30, as millions took to the streets demanding Mursi’s ouster.

Since the overthrow of Mursi by the army on July 3, more than 2,000 members of the Brotherhood have been arrested.

The military-backed interim government also launched a crackdown on pro-Mursi protest camps in August, at least 1,000 people were killed in the clashes.

(With AFP)