Egypt sends Mursi to trialReuters .Cairo / New Age Online
Egypt's army-backed authorities referred deposed President Mohamed Mursi to trial on Sunday on charges of inciting murder and violence, in an escalation of the crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood.
The new government also named a constituent assembly almost devoid of Islamists and gave it 60 days to review amendments that would erase Islamic articles brought in last year by the Brotherhood and more hardline Islamic parties.
Nearly two months after the army deposed Mursi, the moves underscored Egypt's dramatic power shift as its new rulers tighten their grip and crack down on the Islamists who rose to power through the ballot box after Hosni Mubarak's downfall.
A state prosecutor charged Mursi and 14 other Brotherhood members with ‘committing acts of violence, and inciting killing and thuggery’, the state news agency reported.
The charges relate to violence in which around a dozen people were killed outside the presidential palace last December, after Mursi had ignited protesters' rage with a decree that expanded his powers.
The episode was one of the most violent of his presidency. Tens of thousands gathered outside the presidency to demonstrate against Mursi's decree and a divisive, Islamist-tinged constitution that he planned to put to a referendum.
The Brotherhood's leaders called on members to rally to his defence. The state news agency said they were now accused of mobilising their followers to forcibly disperse the protesters after the security forces rejected Mursi's orders to do so.
The charges against Mursi include inciting his followers and assistants to commit crimes of premeditated murder and use violence and thuggery.
Mursi is also being investigated over his escape from jail during the 2011 uprising against Mubarak. He is suspected of murder and conspiring with the Palestinian group Hamas during his escape, though no formal charges have been brought.
Both the European Union and the United States, source of $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Cairo, had called for Mursi's release after he was detained following his overthrow on July 3.
comments powered by Disqus
A Bill awaits House passage to strip off voting rights of Bangladeshi citizens convicted by Collaborators’ Tribunal Order 1972 or International Crimes (Tribunal) Act 1973, Cabinet Secretary said Monday... Full story
The High Court on Monday stayed for three months the execution of a recent government order that made it mandatory for workers to be registered with the official database for overseas employment. Full story
Senior BNP leader Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Monday said no greed, intimidation and conspiracy can derail the opposition from its movement for holding election under a non-party government... Full story
Savar police pressed charges against five policemen in connection with Savar business man killing case on Monday... Full story
Armed police battalion members arrested five out-bound passengers at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport early Monday when they queued for check-in for Malaysia... Full story
The education ministry Monday formed a two-member inquiry commission to probe into the allegations brought against the Jahangirnagar University vice-chancellor, Anwar Hossain, by a section of teachers... Full story
At least 387 Bangladeshis immigrant workers nabbed during a crackdown launched by the Malaysian authorities against undocumented foreign workers... Full story
The Democratic Left Alliance, a combine of eight left leaning political parties, Monday demanded radical reformation of the Election Commission in a bid to holding the next general elections in a free and fair manner... Full story
The metropolitan Session’s Judge Court on Monday ended the deposition and cross examination of prosecution witnesses in Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) carnage case... Full story
Ghorashal Urea Fertiliser Factory resumed its production Monday after a five month shut, due to lack of methane gas supply, factory officials said... Full story
International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Monday served a show cause notice on New York-based international human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch (HRW) as to why a contempt allegation would not be brought against it... Full story
Police arrested seven youths along with arms, ammunitions and gunpowder from a Munsefpur house under Kaliganj upazila in Gazipur district Sunday night. Full story
President Barack Obama and his top aides launched a full-scale political offensive on Sunday to persuade a skeptical Congress to approve a military strike against Syria, but faced a struggle to win over lawmakers from both parties and a war-weary American public... Full story
Egypt's army-backed authorities referred deposed President Mohamed Mursi to trial on Sunday on charges of inciting murder and violence, in an escalation of the crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood... Full story
Oil prices fell in Asian trade Monday after US President Barack Obama's announcement that he would seek approval from lawmakers for military action against Syria eased prospects of an imminent strike, analysts said... Full story