CAIRO: Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Sunday the trial of Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, his deputy Khairat el-Shater and 15 other Brotherhood members to April 16, Al-Arabiya news reported.
The defendants are on trial for inciting violence in front of the Brotherhood’s bureau in Moqattam, Cairo.
In addition, they are accused of inciting murder, attempted murder, using unlicensed arms and ammunition, disrupting public order, endangering citizens and causing chaos.
After the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, the interim government arrested and prosecuted most of the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood. In December, the group was declared a terrorist organisation, de facto criminalizing all its members.
Attorney General Hisham Barakat refered 919 defendants, including Brotherhood leader Badie, to court on March 26 over violence and murder charges in Upper Egypt’s Minya governorate.
In addition, Minya Criminal Court had sentenced 529 members of the Muslim Brotherhood to death and acquitted 17 others on March 24, over charges of attacking a police station and killing its deputy head.
Following the dispersal of the pro- Morsi sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Square on August 14, 2013, Minya and other major cities witnessed riots between Brotherhood supporters and security forces.