Egypt Orders Arrest of Brotherhood Leader

Warrants out for Mohammed Badie, 9 others, after 51 die

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 10, 2013 7:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – The leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, is a wanted man. The Egyptian prosecutor's office has ordered his arrest, along with the arrests of nine other leading Brotherhood figures, following the death of 51 people in Cairo this week during violent clashes between pro-Morsi protesters and police and military, al-Jazeera reports. The news also comes as the Brotherhood rejected an offer by the new prime minister to be part of an interim Cabinet, reports the AP.

Badie is accused of inciting the protesters into violence. The Brotherhood dismissed the accusations as "nothing more than an attempt by the police state to dismantle the Rabaa protest," and maintains it was holding peaceful morning prayers when the army opened fire. But the army says armed protesters made the first move, reports the BBC. Protesters remain at the Rabaa al-Adawiya in Cairo, and al-Jazeera reports that the wanted leaders are among them—a pretty safe place to be if the military and police want to avoid any more bloodshed.

An Egyptian anti-riot soldier stands under a banner showing Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie.
An Egyptian anti-riot soldier stands under a banner showing Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
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