Top Muslim Brotherhood Leader To Be Tried

Today's mass trial comes a day after an Egyptian court sentenced 528 supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to death.

They were convicted on charges including murdering a policeman and attacks on people and property.

Egyptian authorities have cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been killed and thousands arrested by the Cairo regime

Mohammed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood's General guide, was seized along with other Brotherhood figures after the Egyptian army ousted Morsi in July 2013.

Badie and others face charges of inciting violence and murder over the deaths of eight anti-Brotherhood protesters outside the movement's headquarters in Cairo last year.

Following the ouster of Morsi from office, the Brotherhood set up protest camps in Cairo, at which Badie was a prominent figure.

Badie’s 38 year old son Ammar was among those killed in the protests.

The Muslim Brotherhood has denounced Monday’s death sentences.

The verdicts must now go to Egypt’s supreme religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for approval or rejection.

All those convicted on Monday are expected to appeal.

Tuesday’s trial will take place at the same court in Minya, south of the capital, Cairo.

The organization has been declared a terrorist organization and authorities have punished any public show of it.

By Angel Mboya

Source: BBC News

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