CAIRO, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The top leaders of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood appeared on Wednesday in an Egyptian criminal court for their roles in the killing of peaceful protesters in July, official news agency MENA reported.
The trial included Mohammed Badie, the Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, and two of his aides, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumi, along with the Chief of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party Mohamed Saad al-Katatni.
They are accused of inciting violence and killing protesters who surrounded the Brotherhood's headquarters in the Moqattam district of Cairo during protests against former president Mohamed Morsi's rule. The clashes left nine killed and more than 90 wounded.
Brotherhood leaders remained defiant throughout the court's proceedings. During the beginning of the trial, Badie and other senior leaders from the group, along with their supporters, chanted famous slogans, such as "God is great," and "Down with military rule," within the caged area set aside for defendants in the courtroom.
The defendants denounced the charges against them, making political hand gestures in support of the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest sit-in that was violently dispersed in August by security forces in a crackdown that left hundreds dead.
A state of disorder and confusion prevailed in the courtroom as arguments erupted between the Islamists' families and journalists. The judge ordered a break period until order was restored, according to state-run al-Ahram.
Egypt court again withdraws from MB leaders' trial
CAIRO, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday withdrew again from the trial of Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and his two deputies over killing protesters, citing disorder in the courtroom, official news agency MENA reported.
On Oct. 29, the same court in another circuit quitted them from the first trial citing "uneasiness." Full story