Brotherhood's Badie referred to criminal court for Giza clashes

Ahram Online, Sunday 8 Sep 2013

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and 14 others referred to criminal court for 15 July Giza clashes

Supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s prosecutor-general Hesham Barakat has referred Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and 14 others to the criminal court for alleged involvement in 15 July Giza clashes that left five dead.

Badie was referred to court along with leading Brotherhood members Mohamed El-Beltagy, Bassem Ouda and Essam El-Erian - the latter has not yet been arrested - in addition to Islamist preacher Safwat Hegazy and leading member of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya Assem Abd El-Magued, who is also still to at large, and nine others.

The prosecution accused Badie, El-Beltagy, El-Erian, Abd El-Magued and Hegazy of 'inciting violence and terrorism, murder, forming a gang to attack citizens and supplying it with arms and funds.'

The remaining suspects were accused of 'terrorising, crowding, murder, joining a group that attacked citizens, damaging private property and possessing arms.'

Five were killed in Al-Bahr Al-Azam area of Giza and in the vicinity of the nearby Cairo University, during fire-fights that broke out between pro-Morsi protesters and unknown assailants late on 15 July.

Two other people were killed in the Ramses area, downtown Cairo, in similar clashes that day.

Badie, along with six other leading members of the Brotherhood, are currently on trial facing charges of allegedly 'inciting murder' in clashes at the Brotherhood's headquarters in Moqattam, Cairo, on 30 June.  

Dozens of leading Brotherhood figures and hundreds of members have been arrested since security forces dispersed two large pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on 14 August, during which hundreds were killed.

The Brotherhood, along with other Islamist groups and supporters, have been protesting the ouster of Morsi, who was deposed by the army on 3 July amid mass protests against him.

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