The Cairo Court of Cassation slated the first session for the trial of Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and his deputies for December 11, reported on Thursday the privately owned newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm (AMAY).
Badie and his deputies, Rashad Bayoumi and Khairat al-Shater, are accused of inciting violence against protesters demonstrating in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Moqattam on June 30, attempted murder and illegal possession of arms with the intention to commit terrorist acts.
Investigators allege that the Brotherhood figures secretly met four days before the mass protests that ultimately led to fallen Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi’s ouster. In that meeting, the authorities claim Badie, Bayoumi and Shater agreed to hire “armed agents” to protect the Brotherhood headquarters and kill any protesters who would gather there, “without consideration to the number of victims,” AMAY reported.
The prosecution also claims that Morsi notified one of the Brotherhood leaders that the police and Armed Forces were not planning to protect the Brotherhood headquarters, and that the defendants had to pay for armed protection.
Angered protesters ultimately stormed the headquarters and set it ablaze this summer.
Also on Thursday, the Cairo Court of Cassation referred Al-Wasat Party’s deputy leader Essam Sultan to a criminal court on charges of attacking and insulting police officers in front of the North Giza Court. His trial is due to start on December 15.