Trial date set for Egypt Brotherhood leaders

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 4 Aug 2013

A Cairo appeal court sets the date for 6 top Muslim Brotherhood leaders accused of inciting the murder of protesters in front of their headquarters in July

El-Shater, Badie
Muslim Brotherhood's Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat El-Shater (L) and he Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie (R) (Photo: Ahram Online)

Six high-profile Muslim Brotherhood leaders will stand trial on 25 August by a court order issued Sunday for allegedly inciting the murder of protesters in Egypt.

A Cairo appeal court set the date for the defendants, which include the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and his deputy Khairat El-Shater.

At least eight were killed in clashes in front of the Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo’s Moqattam on 1 July, which was stormed and ransacked by angry protesters.

El-Shater has been in detention since 6 July, while an arrest warrant was issued on 28 July for Badie.

On Wednesday, the prosecution ordered the detention of El-Shater, as well as former Brotherhood supreme guide Mahdy Akef; the group’s deputy leader Rashad Bayoumi; and Freedom and Justice Party leader Saad El-Katatni for another 15 days in Tora Prison pending investigations into charges of inciting the killing of protesters.

Several Brotherhood members and Islamist figures known for their close ties to the group have been slammed with travel bans in a crack-down on Islamist figures following the popularly-backed army removal of elected president Morsi on 3 July.

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