Trial of Badie, 682 others postponed until April 28
Mohamed Badie during his trial - YOUM7 (Archive)
By RANDA EL-BANNA

CAIRO: The Tuesday trial of 683 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, which includes Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, was postponed by Minya Criminal Court until April 28.

Badie and 682 others face an array of charges, including murder, destroying public property and disturbing the peace. All charges are related to violence that broke out in Minya following the dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square sit-ins.

Youm7 reported that the trial was delayed so that defendants may submit documents to defend themselves in court.

Security around the court was on high alert in anticipation that the trial’s outcome may result in a fallout given Monday’s controversial court verdict that issued the death sentence to 529 alleged Brotherhood supporters charged with burning down a Minya police station and killing one police officer.

The trial, led by Said Youssef, was the first court session for the 683 defendants. Badie was not present during the trial, which was only attended by 73 defendants out of the 683, reported Youm7.

Relatives of the defendants were present outside of the Minya courthouse awaiting the verdict, in addition to members of the media who were barred from entering the courtroom.

Several lawyers decided to boycott the trial as the same judge from Monday’s mass death sentence presided over the case, according to Youm7.

Additional reporting by Hassan Abdel Ghaffar.

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