Courts adjourn trials of Mohamed Badie and Mohamed Rabee al-Zawahry
Mohamed Badie (L) and Mohamed Rabee al-Zawahry (R) - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Cairo Criminal Court Sunday adjourned the trial of 50 alleged Muslim Brotherhood members—including MB leaders and MB Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie—to Aug. 16, Youm7 reported.

The defendants are accused of forming an operations room during the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in last year and inciting violence.

Badie and his codefendants are also accused of violent incidents that took place at Istiqama Mosque in Giza. Badie was previously sentenced to death and life imprisonment in separate cases.

Regarding the incidents of the Istiqama Mosque, Badie and his co-defendants are accused of killing 10 and attempting to murder 20, as well as inciting violence following the July 3 ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi. The first session of the trial was held on April 10.

One of the defendants is Mohamed Salah Sultan, son of Salah Sultan, who was transferred to the hospital without the court’s permission, reported Youm7. Mohamed Salah Sultan is currently on a hunger strike in protest of his arrest.

In other court news, the South Cairo Criminal Court adjourned Sunday the trial of Mohamed Rabee al-Zawahry—the brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahry—and 67 others to Aug. 9 due to technical problems, Youm7 reported.

The defendants were referred to the criminal court by Attorney General Hisham Barakat, and face charges including founding and running a terrorist organization linked to Al-Qaeda.

Among the defendants are former MB spokesman Gehad el-Haddad, Khairat el-Shater and Hassan Malek.

The group allegedly targeted police and armed forces institutions, Christians, churches and attempted to spread chaos and endanger public safety, Youm7 reported.

Zawahry, born in Giza, is accused of forming jihadist groups during the Morsi presidency.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail and Amer Mostafa.

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