Politicized arrest orders aim to disperse sit-in, says Brotherhood

Warrants issued against Muslim Brotherhood are based on charges of inciting the violence outside the Republican Guards HQ, where security forces shot at a crowd, killing 53.

Politicized arrest orders aim to disperse sit-in, says Brotherhood

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The Muslim Brotherhood dismissed the issued arrest orders as politicized. Warrants issued by the prosecution against its supreme leader Mohammad Badie and other senior figures are based on charges of inciting violence outside the Republican Guards headquarters which left scores killed and wounded.

“This is the Mubarak regime [coming] back and fabricating evidence and making up lies,” Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Jihad el-Hadad told Anadolu Agency Wednesday.

The Egyptian prosecution earlier ordered the arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood supreme leader and a number of other senior leaders on charges of inciting violence outside the Republican Guards headquarters.

Those to be arrested include Muslim Brotherhood deputy leader Mahmoud Ezzat, Muslim Brotherhood senior figures Mohammad Beltagi and Mahmoud Hussein, preacher Safwat Hegazi, activist Abdel Rahman Ezz, Wassat Party deputy leader Essam Sultan and Jamaa Islamia leaders Assem Abdel Maged and Safwat Abdel Ghani.

The prosecution said in a statement that they are accused of taking part in and inciting the violence at the Republican Guards compound.

At least 51 supporters of ousted president Mohammad Morsi were killed and hundreds wounded outside the Republican Guards headquarters in the early Monday morning.

The Muslim Brotherhood accuses security forces of opening fire at its supporters while performing the morning prayer.

But the army and the police insist that protesters attacked the vicinity of the Republican Guards headquarters and troops standing guard, killing two police officers and one army officer.

Interim President Adly Mansour has ordered the formation of a judicial committee to investigate the tragic events.

“This is an attempt to disperse the sit-in in Rabaa Adawiya square and undermine the morale of the protestors,” said Hadad.

“This will not work. We are continuing our protests to unmask the tactics of the coup leader.”

Tens of thousands of Morsi loyalists have been camping out in Rabaa Adawiya since the army ousted the democratically elected president last Wednesday.

They insist that the elected president must be restored to office.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Temmuz 2013, 16:00