Muslim Brotherhood figures arrested on charges of detaining police

The Cairo Court of Appeals has set September 7 for the trial of Muslim Brotherhood leaders Mohamed al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy, as well as Mohamed al-Zanaty and Abdel Azim Ibrahim, both doctors at the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in field hospital, on charges of abducting police personnel, the state-owned Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported Tuesday.

Mahmoud Alaa Eddin, head of the court’s technical office, announced that the Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat has referred the defendants to criminal prosecution. The defendants face charges of managing a criminal organization with intent to break the law, preventing public authorities from exercising their work, resisting the authorities and the attempted murder of police officer Mohamed Mahmoud Farouk and his assistant Hani Eid Saeed.

Investigations revealed evidence against the defendants who detained a police officer and his assistant while they were securing a Muslim Brotherhood march. They allegedly took them to the Rabea al-Adaweya sit-in where they beat the two men causing severe injuries. Head of the district of East Nasr City was able to secure their release after negotiations with the protesters.  

Meanwhile, South Giza Prosecution renewed the detention of Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, Muslim Brotherhood leader Helmy al-Gazzar, Mohamed al-Omda a member of the dissolved parliament and Abdel Moneim Abdel Maqsoud, a prominent Muslim Brotherhood lawyer, for 15 days pending investigations on charges of inciting killing of demonstrators surrounding Cairo University and Nahda Square.

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