CAIRO: East Cairo Prosecution ordered to detain 17 leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood to 15 days pending investigations over violence that took place during the 2013 Rabaa sit-in dispersal.
The detainees were added to the “Rabaa dispersal” case that already includes some 800 defendants, who were arrested at Rabaa al-Adaweya square in August 2013.
The 17 detainees are ex-members of the 2012 Parliament and directors of the Brotherhood bureaus in governorates, according to investigations that stated they were responsible for financing the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in that lasted 40 days following the July 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
The defendants are charged with mobilizing and transporting protesters to the sit-in and supporting them with money and ammunition, according to a copy of the investigations obtained by Youm7.
Last month, judicial sources also told Youm7 that the prosecution is studying adding the Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and other members of group, which was designated as a terrorist organization in December 2013.
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.
Badie has been sentenced to death in two cases; known commonly as the “Rabaa Control Room” and the “Kerdasa incidents” cases.
Last week, Badie’s death sentence was confirmed in the “Rabaa control room” case, in which 51 defendants faced charges of “spreading chaos and organizing violence and revolt across the country” following Morsi’s ouster.
Badie was previously sentenced to death for events that took place in Kerdasa in August 2013, for his alleged role in killing a police officer and assaulting another.
Additional reporting by Karim Sobhy