Former Muslim Brotherhood minister charged with inciting violence

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Nov 2013

Bassem Ouda, who was supply minister under Mohamed Morsi, is charged with inciting violence at August clashes

Bassem Ouda
Former minister of supply and internal trade Bassem Ouda after being arrested (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Prosecutors on Wednesday referred Bassem Ouda, a former minister of supply and international trade and a Muslim Brotherhood member, to court on charges of inciting violence.

Ouda was arrested on Tuesday at a soap factory in the northern governorate of Beheira.

On Wednesday, a delegation from the prosecution visited Ouda in Tora Prison, south of Cairo, to begin investigations.

The charges he faces relate to violence at clashes in August at Istiqama Mosque in Giza following the violent dispersal of protest camps being held by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Rabaa Al-Adawiya and Nahda squares.

Nine people were killed and dozens were injured in the clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and their opponents following the dispersal of Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins.

The charges include murder, intended murder, thuggery and illegal assembly, as well destroying public and private property.

Other defendants accused of inciting violence in the clashes include leading Brotherhood members Essam El-Erian and Islamic preacher and Brotherhood supporter Safwat Hegazi.

Ouda was a minister during Mohamed Morsi's presidency.  

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