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Prosecution orders arrest of Brotherhood supreme guide, again

Group's Mohamed Badie, who is at large, faces yet another arrest warrant with prosecutors citing alleged involvement in Saturday's clashes in Helwan

Ahram Online, Sunday 28 Jul 2013
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie (Photo: Reuters)
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Egyptian prosecutors have ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and two other Islamist figures for their alleged roles in recent violence in Helwan, southern Cairo, that left 20 injured.

Helwan's prosecution office called for the arrest of Badie, Brotherhood leading member Mohamed El-Beltagy, and Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazy after clashes broke out late Saturday between Brotherhood supporters and local residents in the area's Al-Shohada Square, according to Ahram's Arabic news website.

Violence reportedly erupted when Brotherhood supporters took to the streets after evening prayers and called for the reinstatement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi. In the ensuing clashes, gunfire and Molotov cocktails were used and nearly two dozen people wounded.

The prosecution also detained three other Brotherhood members on charges of torching a microbus, three cars and ten local shops.

The Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, along with a number of other Islamist figures, is already the subject of several arrest warrants for his alleged involvement in a wave of fatal violence that broke out since Morsi was removed from power on July 3.

Last Wednesday, prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat ordered the arrest of nine Brotherhood leaders and allies of the group, including Badie, for inciting violence in Qalioubiya governorate.

Two weeks earlier, the general prosecution issued arrest warrants for Badie and nine others, mostly Brotherhood members, accusing them of inciting the violence at Cairo's Republican Guard headquarters on July 8 that left at least 53 people dead. 

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