Brotherhood and Islamist leaders to face trial in December

Elsayed Gamal El-Deen, Sunday 10 Nov 2013

Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide and other senior Islamists to face trial for inciting violence in Giza's Al-Bahr Al-Azam clashes that left 5 dead

Islamist leaders Mohamed Badie, Safwat Hegazy, Essam El-Erian, Mohamed El-Beltagy

The trial of 15 prominent Islamists for inciting violence during clashes in Giza will begin on 9 December, an appeal court in Cairo announced on Sunday.

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, leading figures Essam El-Erian and Mohamed El-Beltagy, Salafist preacher Safwat Hegazy and Al-Gamaa Al-Islamyia leader Assem Abdel-Maged are accused of 'inciting violence and terrorism, murder, forming a gang to attack citizens and supplying it with arms and funds.'

Five people were killed in the Al-Bahr Al-Azam area of Giza and near Cairo University during gunfights between pro-Morsi protesters and unknown assailants on 15 July.

The remaining suspects are accused of 'terrorism, illegal assembly, murder, membership of a group that assaults citizens, damaging private property and weapons possession.'

The court also set 10 December for the trial of former Brotherhood supreme guide Mahdi Akef for insulting the judiciary.

During an interview with a Kuwaiti newspaper in April 2013, Akef accused Egyptian judges of being corrupt and of dissolving the Islamist-dominated parliament in 2012 to block a proposed law to retire some 3,500 judges aged over 60.

Since Morsi’s ouster on 3 July and the bloody dispersal of pro-Morsi protest camps in mid-August, hundreds of Brotherhood leaders and members have been arrested.

Mohamed Morsi himself is on trial for inciting violence. His trial began on 4 November and was adjourned to 8 January.

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