Egypt Police Accused Of Abusing Muslim Brotherhood Leader Badie

A lawyer for Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has accused the country’s police of abusing the spiritual leader of the movement, Mohamed Badie, during his arrest.

“Mohamed Badie has faced the storming of his house … He was beaten and humiliated with foul language towards his father and mother. He was also punched in the face where he lost his set of false teeth due to the intensity of the beating,” said lawyer Mohamed Gharieb.

Egyptian authorities arrested 70-year-old Badie last week. His two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumy, were detained earlier.

They face charges of ‘inciting violence’ in connection with a protest outside the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters in June.

Badie says he does not recognize the interim government and has questioned the legitimacy of its prosecutors.

The 70-year-old and his two deputies were set to be tried in Cairo on Sunday. However, an Egyptian court adjourned the trial of three Brotherhood leaders due to their absence, with the judge ordering they be present for the next session in October.

According to security sources, the Brotherhood defendants were not brought to court over security reasons.

Meanwhile, Shater’s lawyer, Atef el-Galaly, argued that the charges against his client were political, saying, “The whole case is fabricated. The charges aren’t true at all. It’s a political case.”

Egypt has been rocked by a fresh wave of political chaos after the military overthrew the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, on July 3.

Egyptian security guards have arrested hundreds of Morsi’s supporters including top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in recent days as the military-backed government has tried to end weeks of protests and to stamp its authority on the deeply polarized North African nation.

Nearly 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi fans and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

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