Beltagy to provide statement in prison about daughter’s death
Mohamed el-Beltagy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court ordered the general prosecution on Monday to listen to imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagy’s statements about the death of his daughter, who was shot dead during the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in last August, Youm7 reported.

The former secretary general of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party is on trial for torturing a police officer at the Rabaa sit-in, along with two other defendants. The judge in Monday’s session adjourned the case to March 18 to investigate video evidence, according to the Al-Wafd newspaper.

The Nasr City prosecution office designated March 19 to listen to Beltagy’s statement in Tora Prison, Youm7 reported.

Beltagy’s daughter, Asmaa, was killed amid a crackdown by security forces on August 14, 2013, to disperse sit-ins led by the Brotherhood and Islamists after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.

According to her death certificate, Asmaa was shot in the chest, her skull was crushed and her left leg was broken, The Guardian newspaper reported last August.

Asmaa’s death raised sympathy even in opposition circles. Alaa Abdel Fattah, a prominent activist and anti-Brotherhood figure, mourned her on his Facebook account, saying that she didn’t hold a weapon and she wasn’t part of the Brotherhood regime.

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