Ikhwan leaders subject to 'arbitrary arrest'

During the first session of the trial of the group's top three leaders, Mohamed al-Demati told judges that the defendants were "under arbitrary arrest disguised as the rule of law."

Ikhwan leaders subject to 'arbitrary arrest'

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) lawyer on Sunday described the ongoing detention of the group's top leaders as "arbitrary arrest."

During the first session of the trial of the group's top three leaders, Mohamed al-Demati told judges that the defendants were "under arbitrary arrest disguised as the rule of law."

Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and two aides, Rashad al-Bayoumi and Khairat al-Shater, were referred to trial on charges of "inciting violence and murder" in connection with June clashes outside the group's Cairo headquarters in which ten people were killed.

"The defense team could not do its job because it did not attend the prosecution's interrogation [of the defendants]," al-Demati said before Cairo's Criminal Court adjourned trial proceedings to October 29.

The decision to postpone the trial came after the Interior Ministry had told the court of its inability to transport the defendants to the courtroom for "security reasons."

Egypt's High Court of Justice in downtown Cairo was packed with local and foreign journalists on Sunday, an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported.

A security source told AA that the next court session would likely be held in Cairo's Police Academy, where better security could be provided. The Police Academy is also where the ongoing trial of toppled President Hosni Mubarak is being held.

Badie was arrested last week in an apartment in Cairo's Nasr City district. He was taken to the maximum-security Al-Aqrab Prison, where many other detained group leaders have been held since the July 3 overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, who himself hails from the Brotherhood's ranks.

Egyptian authorities have unleashed a massive crackdown on the Islamist group since the violent August 14 dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo, in which hundreds of demonstrators were killed.

On Thursday, security forces arrested another five leading Brotherhood members, including Ahmed Abu Baraka, legal adviser for the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, and former Alexandria deputy governor Hassan al-Prince.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 25 Ağustos 2013, 16:11
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