Egypt postpones trial of Brotherhood head Badie, 198 Mursi supporters

Mohammed Badie and the other defendants are accused of participating in clashes that killed 31 people in the canal city of Suez between August 14 and 16



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Published: Mon 23 Feb 2015, 9:01 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:57 PM

Cairo - An Egyptian military court has postponed to March 9 the trial of the Muslim Brotherhood leader and 198 other Mursi supporters over deadly clashes after president Mohammed Mursi’s ouster, an army official said on Monday.

Mohammed Badie, 71, facing his first military trial, and the other defendants are accused of participating in clashes that killed 31 people in the canal city of Suez between August 14 and 16, 2013.

The clashes erupted after police brutally broke up two pro-Mursi protest camps in Cairo on August 14 that year.

Hundreds of supporters of Mursi were killed when police stormed their camps in Cairo on that day, just weeks after the president was ousted by the army.

Badie has already been sentenced by three separate criminal courts to three life terms, and he was also handed down two death sentences that were later overturned on appeal.

An army official said the charges against Badie and others in the military trial include vandalism, inciting violence, murder, assaulting military personnel, and setting fire to armoured personnel carriers and two Coptic churches in the city of Suez.

Egypt’s constitution allows military trials of civilians accused of violence targeting military targets, which include public infrastructure like highways and bridges as well as universities.


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