Lawsuit against Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide referred to state security prosecution

Ahram Online, Saturday 22 Sep 2012

A court case charging the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide with incitement to murder 24 August protesters has been referred by Egypt's public prosecutor to Higher State Security Prosecution

Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide referred to state security prosecution
Brotherhood supreme guide Mohammed Badie Photo: AL-Ahram)

Egypt's prosecutor general on Saturday referred a lawsuit filed by lawyer Magda Naguib Fahmy against Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei to Egypt’s Higher State Security Prosecution (HSSP).

The lawsuit was brought against Badei, former Supreme Guide Mahdy Akef and the Salafist Group led by ex-presidential hopeful Hazem Abu Ismail, charging them with the assault and attempted murder of demonstrators who took to the streets in anti-Brotherhood protests 24 August. 

According to the charges, protesters in the coastal city of Alexandria were attacked by the Muslim Brotherhood youth, leaving several dead and others injured. The complaint filed by Fahmy alleged the attack came as a result of justifications made by Muslim Brotherhood leaders contending that whoever does not obey the leader of the state should be murdered.

The 24 August protests were called for by ex-MP Mohamed Abu Hamed and controversial media figure Tawfiq Okasha and aimed to topple the Muslim Brotherhood. A few thousand demonstrated in response to the call in both Cairo and Alexandria. The Alexandria protests were attacked by unknown assailants.

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