Egypt arrests Badie for inciting violence

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Egypt arrests Badie for inciting violence

Egypt’s army-backed authorities detained the Muslim Brotherhood’s leader on Tuesday on allegations of having incited the murder of protesters, Egyptian state television reported.

By Agencies

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Published: Wed 21 Aug 2013, 8:29 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:29 PM

Security forces escorting Mohammed Badie following his arrest in Cairo’s Nasr City district on Tuesday. — AFP

It said Mohammed Badie was ordered held for 15 days to face accusations of having incited the deaths of protesters outside the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters in late June.

The arrest of Mohammed Badie, 70, the Brotherhood’s general guide, followed the bloody suppression of rallies demanding the reinstatement of Egypt’s ousted president Mohammed Mursi.

Egypt is enduring the worst internal strife in its modern history, with about 900 people killed, including 100 police and soldiers, after security forces broke up pro-test camps by Mursi’s supporters in the capital on August 14. A spokesman for a pro-Brotherhood alliance put the death toll amongst its followers at about 1,400.

The Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party newspaper reported the movement had named Mahmoud Ezzat, an influential former deputy to Badie, as its temporary leader.

However, a spokesman for the Brotherhood’s political party, Khaled Hanafi, said he could neither confirm nor deny the report. Ezzat has not appeared in public since Mursi was removed.

Badie was charged in July with incitement to murder in connection with protests before Mursi’s ouster and is due to stand trial on August 25 along with his two deputies.

Footage shown on local media showed the bearded leader sitting grim-faced in a grey robe near a man with a rifle following his detention in Cairo in the early hours.

The release of the images seemed designed to humiliate the Brotherhood chief, whose arrest means the group’s top echelon is now behind bars, with other leaders dropping out of sight.

The Brotherhood condemned the detention of Badie, whose 38-year-old son was killed in Cairo clashes on Friday. “When the hand of oppression extends to arrest this important symbol, that means the military coup has used up everything in its pocket and is readying to depart,” it said. The state news agency said Badie was now in Cairo’s Tora prison, where other Brotherhood leaders are held.

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