Egypt to try MB supporters in military courts
The defendants included Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Badie, Essam El-Erian, Mohamed El-Beltagy and Safwat Hagazy
At least 339 alleged supporters of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, including four top leaders, were referred to military court by an Egyptian prosecutor, judicial sources said, according to Reuters news agency.
The public prosecutor in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia referred 299 alleged ousted President Mohammed Mursi supporters to a military court on charges of arson following the breakup by security forces of two Cairo protest camps in August 2013 when hundreds of people were killed.
The defendants included Brotherhood leaders Mohamed Badie, Essam El-Erian, Mohamed El-Beltagy and Safwat Hagazy, judicial sources said.
The prosecutor said earlier in the day that 40 defendants arrested in various incidents had been referred to military courts on charges of inciting violence and looting, blocking roads and belonging to a banned group.
They were also charged with breaking a law restricting protest, which has been used to imprison many of the leaders of the 2011 uprising that forced veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power and ignited hopes for deeper change.
On Saturday, Egypt’s top prosecutor had referred 139 alleged Brotherhood members in the southern province of Minya to a military court in relation to an attack on a police station following Mursi’s ouster.
Egypt expanded the jurisdiction of military courts in October to try civilians accused of acts ranging from attacking state facilities to blocking roads.
That followed some of the worst assaults on security forces since last year’s overthrow of Mursi of the Brotherhood.
The practice is seen by critics as another clampdown on dissent by a government that has jailed thousands of Brothers and targeted other activists.
It is a controversial issue in Egypt, where the armed forces play an influential role in both political and economic spheres.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi was previously chief of the army, which toppled Mursi after protests against his rule.
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