Egypt's prosecution orders arrest of Brotherhood supreme guide, senior figures

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Thursday 25 Jul 2013

Prosecution orders arrests of nine Islamists on charges of inciting violence

Egypt's prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat ordered on Wednesday the arrest of nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders and allies of the group, including Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie, for inciting violence in Qalioubiya governorate.

The defendants are accused of directly mobilising armed groups in Qalioubiya, close to north Cairo, with the intention of "spreading chaos, disturbing security and harming the public interest.”

On Tuesday, two 18-year-olds were killed by gunshots in clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi in the governorate.

Those issued with arrest warrants include Salafist preacher Safwat Hegazy, former MP Mohamed El-Beltagy, Salafist preacher Mohamed Abdel-Maqsoud, member of the Brotherhood’s supreme guidance bureau Abdel-Rahman El-Bar, former minister of supply Bassem Ouda and former minister of youth Osama Yassin, as well as Muslim Brotherhood members Gamal Abdel-Hady and Abdullah Barakat.

Since Morsi's ouster prosecutors have ordered the detention of a number Muslim Brotherhood members and Islamist figures on a variety of charges, including inciting violence, spying and insulting the judiciary.

Last week, Badie and other Islamist leaders had their assets frozen as part of investigations into allegations of incitement of violence at protests.

Violence erupted in several governorates in Egypt on Tuesday leaving at least 12 dead in clashes between supporters and opponents of the deposed president.

Morsi was ousted on 3 July after nationwide protests against the Islamist president.

Thousands of Morsi’s supporters have since been staging a sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya area in Cairo's Nasr City and across several Egyptian governorates until he is restored to office, prompting clashes.

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