|Photo released by the Egyptian Interior Ministry on Aug. 20, 2013 shows the detained Muslim Brotherhood top leader Mohamed Badie. Egypt's prosecution ordered 15 days in prison pending investigations for Muslim Brotherhood top leader Mohamed Badie over alleged killing of protesters, state TV reported on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Egyptian Interior Ministry)
CAIRO, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Mohamed Badie, the general guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, was arrested on Tuesday and ordered 15 days in prison pending investigations over inciting violence and killing protesters.
Badie, 70, had been arrested for political activities in 1965, the same year he graduated from Cairo University. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the military tribunal and was paroled along with all other Brotherhood prisoners in 1974.
From 1986 to 1990, Badie served as a member of the Brotherhood' s administrative office in Beni Suef city in the Upper Egypt governorate. In 1993, he became a member of the Guidance Bureau, a supreme administrative and executive institution composing of 16 members and a leader.
He was elected as the eighth general guide of his group in Jan. 2010, which is the largest Islamic political party in Egypt.
After the armed forces toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July, this year, who was also the chairman of the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Brotherhood, Badie called on people to participate in an open-ended sit-in to defend their " legitimate leader" in squares in Cairo.
An arrest warrant was issued against Badie on July 4, one day after the ouster of Morsi, over charges of inciting the killing of anti-Morsi protesters.
Badie was arrested in an apartment in Tayran street in northeastern Nasr City district of Cairo in the early hours of Tuesday. The street is just behind Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, one of the two sites where supporters of Morsi used to stage rallies.
He was then transferred to Mazraah prison in Torah prisons' complex, where former president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons are detained.
The top Muslim Brotherhood leader is expected to stand trial on Aug. 25 together with his two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad al-Bayoumi.
According the a statement from the group, Mahmoud Ezzat was announced as a temporary new leader.
Badie has three daughters and two sons. One of his sons, Ammar, was killed on Saturday in violent clashes between supporters of Morsi and security forces.