Egypt's Brotherhood leader appears in court

By REUTERS
December 9, 2013 13:59

 
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CAIRO - The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood appeared in court on Monday for the first time since he was arrested in a state crackdown on the group following the army overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.

Brotherhood General Guide Mohamed Badie, 70, denied his group had perpetrated any violence, speaking from the cage reserved for defendants where he appeared with other prominent Islamists including Mohamed el-Beltagi and Essam el-Erian.

"Why aren't you investigating the murder of my son, and the burning of my house and the groups' offices?" said Badie, referring to his 38-year old son killed in Aug. 17 protests ignited by the violent dispersal of Brotherhood sit-ins.

The case being heard on Monday relates to violence that flared in mid-July near a Brotherhood protest camp at Cairo University. Badie faces charges including inciting the violence.

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