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Second judging panel withdraws from Brotherhood trial
Judges step down from trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders which has been plagued by interruptions
Ahram Online, Wednesday 11 Dec 2013
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Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker Saad el-Katatni, right, leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie, center, and Mahmoud Abu Zaid, senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, left, gesture during an appearance at a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 (Photo: AP)

A second panel of judges has withdrawn from the trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders accused of inciting the killing of protesters.

The defendants refused to recognise the court, dubbed it "void" and "illegitimate," and chanted "down with the military rule."

The judges said they were unable to conduct the trial properly.

Nineteen defendants are accused of inciting the murder of nine protesters who stormed the Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters on 30 June.

They include Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, his two deputies Khairat El-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi, Mohamed El-Beltagy and former speaker of parliament Mohamed Saad El-Katatni.

The first judging panel withdrew in October after the defendants failed to turn up at court for three consecutive sessions for security reasons.

The interim authorities have cracked down on Islamists since the ouster of Mohammed Morsi in July, detaining thousands of members.

Former president Mohamed Morsi is currently on trial for inciting supporters to kill political opponents during clashes in front of the presidential palace in December 2012.





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Mark
12-12-2013 12:58am
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Childish
Childish behaviour requires tough parenting, seems senseless to me to conduct a trial with a group of ikhwan inside a dock together squeaking and croaking like imbeciles punish them in jail for bad behaviour and conduct trials individually and without any public for them to play towards.
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Allen
11-12-2013 07:16pm
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Two possibilities
The terrorists from the Muslim brotherhood threatened them and their families. Or these are Morsi appointees and have no backbone to do their job fearing the consequences.
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jenaid
11-12-2013 11:26pm
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Look in he mirror
Allen, have you looked in the mirror lately. You might find a real fascist terrorist!...you just might! You might find a hypocritical bootlicking image right across your way.
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Ahmed Husni, retired judge
11-12-2013 05:37pm
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Scandalous abuse of the due process
They withdrew because they see the utter absurity of the case....the scandalous manipulation of the justice system by the military junta and the pornographic abuse of power by the state.
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Steve
11-12-2013 10:47pm
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Absolutely correct
You are absolutely correct. Fascism and true justice can not go hand in hand.
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Farid
11-12-2013 04:16pm
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What lies beneath?
Are they really withdrawn from the trial because these reasons? Does anyone check if their families life were not threaten? I could expect anything from MB's now...
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