Brotherhood leaders to stand trial over fresh accusations

Monday 03-02-2014 04:23 PM
Brotherhood leaders to stand trial over fresh accusations

Members of the Muslim Brotherhood speak behind a door with shattered glass at the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, which was attacked two days ago, in Cairo in this December 8, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Files


CAIRO, Feb 3 (Aswat Masriya) Egypt’s prosecutor-general has ordered that Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and 50 others be referred to criminal court for “guiding the organization to resist the state during August's dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in and spread chaos in the country.”

Egyptian authorities forcibly dispersed two sit-ins, held in support of ousted President Mohamed Mursi, killing hundreds of Brotherhood supporters, in August. Over 50 security forces were also killed on the day.

The suspects are accused of plotting to create chaos and raiding police stations, state institutions and churches in an attempt to create the illusion that the government has lost control and is unable to manage the country.

Attacks on security forces have increased since Egypt’s army ousted Mursi in July in response to mass demonstrations across the country.

The Brotherhood was declared as a “terrorist organization” in December. 

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