Egyptian court adjourns trial of top Muslim Brotherhood leaders

An Egyptian court has adjourned the trial of several Muslim Brotherhood leaders due to the absence of defendants, judicial and security sources say.

Judicial sources said the session was adjourned because the defendants were absent. Security officials say several Muslim Brotherhood leaders and over 30 other defendants were not taken to the court due to security reasons.

According to judicial sources, the trial has been rescheduled for October 29. At least six leading Brotherhood figures including top leader, Mohamed Badie, are standing trial.

Three of them are charged with inciting the murder of protesters and three others with carrying out the murders. They all face the death penalty if convicted.

The 70-year-old Badie says he does not recognize the interim government and has questioned the legitimacy of its prosecutors.

The defendants’ lawyer has also insisted that the charges against his clients were political.

“The whole case is fabricated. The charges aren’t true at all. It’s a political case,” media outlets quoted Atef el-Galaly, a senior defense lawyer as saying.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s interim Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim says the crackdown on the Brotherhood will continue until all wanted figures are captured.

The majority of the people arrested have been accused of inciting violence in clashes between the security forces and supporters of Morsi.

Egypt has plunged into an unrelenting string of violence since General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the head of the Egyptian army pushed aside Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, and declared chief Justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as the interim president.

Hundreds of protesters, mostly Morsi’s supporters, have been killed or wounded during the violence that has erupted since the removal of Morsi.

The massacre has sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

By Press TV


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