Former Supreme Guide Mahdi Akef (Photo: Reuters)
Former Supreme Guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Mahdi Akef was referred to Cairo Criminal Court Saturday on charges of “insulting the judicial authority.”
Judge Tharwat Hammad, delegated from the Ministry of Justice to investigate cases of insulting judicial authorities and offending its members, issued the order.
Akef said in an interview with the Kuwaiti daily Al-Jarida in April that judges in Egypt were “corrupt.”
The former Islamist leader was arrested in July. He is currently detained and also faces charges of inciting the killing of protesters in front of the Muslim Brotherhood's headquarters in the Cairo suburb of Moqattam during the events of 30 June.
Egyptian authorities have launched a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, arresting key leaders, including the current supreme guide of the organisation, Mohamed Badie, his deputy, Khairat El-Shater, as well as several hundred members since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi 3 July.