Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie appears in court

09 December 2013 2:02 PM

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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood leader Badie appears in court

The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has appeared in court for the first time since his arrest in August.

Mohammed Badie was seized along with other Brotherhood figures after the Egyptian army ousted the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in July.

Hundreds of Mr Morsi's supporters were killed in clashes following the ousting.

Mr Badie, who is the movement's General Guide, denied the Brotherhood had acted violently .

He is facing charges of inciting violence and murder over the deaths of eight anti-Brotherhood protesters outside the movement's headquarters in Cairo.

He asked why the death of his son and the burning down of Brotherhood offices were not being investigated instead.

Mr Badie was a prominent figure at the Brotherhood's protest camps in Cairo, but went into hiding as the military-backed interim government increased its efforts to shut down the protests.

Source: bbc.co.uk

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