CAIRO, (Xinhua): The trial of the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi hails, will start Sunday, with charges against them including inciting violence and killing protesters, local media reported Saturday.
The prosecutor’s office announced that the Muslim Brotherhood’s General Guide Mohamed Badie, who was arrested Tuesday, would appear at criminal court on Sunday.
“Badie, along with his two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Mohamed Saad al-Katatni, will appear at court tomorrow (Sunday), they face criminal charges including inciting violence and killing anti-Morsi protesters outside the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Bureau,” according to a prosecution statement.
Badie’s detention was renewed for another 15 days pending investigations over new charges of killing and torturing opponents of Morsi at two major squares where the Islamists had rallied.
Since the military’s dispersal of the two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and Giza on Aug. 14, nearly 1,000 people, including some 100 policemen, have been killed in the ensuing clashes between Morsi’s loyalists and the security forces. Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members were reportedly arrested then.
The Islamists have planned marches on Friday to express their opposition against the military’s move and the detentions of Morsi ‘s supporters. But the rallies turned out to be small in scale, while clashes between Morsi’s supporters and opponents killed two people in the Nile Delta city of Tanta during the Friday marches.