Brotherhood supreme leader referred to criminal court in new Rabaa sit-in case

Ahram Online , Tuesday 11 Aug 2015

Investigations were opened in April in a case separate from the 'Rabaa Operation room' case where Badie was sentenced to death

Mohamed Badie
Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie (Reuters)

Egypt's prosecution referred Muslim Brotherhood Supreme leader Mohamed Badie on Tuesday to criminal court in a new case over allegedly staging an "armed sit-in" in 2013 in Rabaa El-Adawiya Square in Cairo, Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Other accusations include inciting murder, disturbing public peace, blocking traffic, and damaging public property.

The sit-in was forcibly dispersed in mid-August 2013, leaving hundreds dead, mostly from the Islamist camp.

The investigations were opened on 21 April when defendants including Morsi and Badie received 15 days of detention.

Along with Badie, his vice president Khairat El-Shater and leaders Mohamed El-Beltagy, Essam El-Eryan, Essam Soltan, and Gehad El-Hadad, among others, were also referred to a criminal court on Tuesday.

Ousted president Mohamed Morsi was removed Tuesday from the list of defendants.

Badie has been in detention since 23 September 2013, a few weeks after the violent dispersal of the Rabaa El-Adawiya protests and has already received several death sentences.

An Egyptian court upheld a death sentence for Badie and 13 others in April for setting up an 'operations room' during the Rabaa sit-in in 2013, a decision that was overturned by an appeal which is scheduled for 1 October.

In May, Badie received a preliminary death sentence in an espionage case.

In June 2014 he was among 183 people who were sentenced to death over charges related to the murder of police officers in Minya in August 2013, a decision that was overturned by an appeal in February 2015.

He was also among six defendants who received a death sentence in June 2014 for attacking police forces during protests, which was rejected in August of the same year by the Grand Mufti and was lowered to a life in jail sentence.

Badie along with 104 others, are being tried in a case known as "Ismailia incident", accused of planning illegal protests, threatening public peace, committing acts of violence and murder.

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