CAIRO: The prosecution is studying adding Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie to a lawsuit on the violence during the 2013 dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, judicial sources at the public prosecution told Youm7 Sunday.
The Brotherhood leaders who will potentially be added to the case also include former members of the 2012 parliament Mohamed Beltagy, Essam el-Erian, Salah Sultan, Osama Yassine and Essam Sultan, and Amr Zaky; the latter was a minister in former President Mohamed Morsi’s government.
The case already includes some 800 defendants, who have been investigated since they were arrested at Rabaa al-Adaweya square in August 2013 after over 40 days of the sit-in.
Since then, the prosecution documented the testimonies of police officers and conscripts who participated in securing the dispersal, and the owners of stores and buildings overlooking the square. They also provided films of the sit-in and the dispersal, according to the sources. The first court session of the case is yet to be fixed.
The defendants face numerous charges; belonging to a group that aims to disrupt the constitution and law, preventing the authorities from performing their mission, assaulting the personal freedoms of citizens, damaging national unity, show of force, threatening to use violence, intimidating citizens, disrupting public security, imposing ascendancy over citizens and obstructing religious practice.
The charges also include possessing unlicensed firearms and bladed weapons, sabotaging public properties, disrupting transportation, intentionally setting Rabaa al-Adaweya Mosque ablaze, terrorism, premediated and attempted murder.
A total of 14 Brotherhood leaders, including Badie, were referred to the Grand Mufti in Egypt to approve, or decline a death penalty they were handed down in the case of “Rabaa operations room” last week. The charges, which are similar to those in the new case, include setting a plan to counter the authorities after the dispersal of their sit-in by spreading violence across the country.
A controversial figure, the smallest of which is estimated to be over 600, was reported to count the protesters killed during the dispersal of the Islamist sit-in. Angry mobs of pro-Morsi protesters took to streets in several governorates, causing murder and arson. Hundreds have been sentenced to death in cases dating to violence in the aftermath of the dispersal.