Cairo court adjourns Brotherhood supreme guide case to 3 Feb

Sayed Gamal El-Din, Ahram Online, Saturday 1 Feb 2014

Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide along with 47 other defendants faces charges of blocking highway in July 2013

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Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie (Photo: Reuters)

A Cairo criminal court on Saturday adjourned the trial of Mohamed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide, to Monday, citing administrative reasons.

Badie, along with 47 other defendants, is charged with blocking and inciting the blockage of the Qalioubiya agricultural highway in the governorate of Qalioubiya governorate last July. Two people were killed and 30 injured when the defendants allegedly started firing randomly in response to a police attempt to disperse their activities.

The defendants were supposed to be in court for the first session of the trial, but authorities stated that it had been too difficult to transport them to the courthouse in Shubra, northern Cairo.

The defendants also face a number of other charges, including belonging to a terrorist organisation, destroying public and private property, possession of weapons, and disrupting the general peace.

The Muslim Brotherhood leader, who was arrested on 20 August, is currently being held in Torah prison in southern Cairo.

Along with several prominent Muslim Brotherhood figures, he is facing charges of inciting the murder of protesters at the group’s headquarters in the Cairo district of Moqattam in June 2013.

 

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