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Leader of Egypt Brotherhood in court for first time

By Sarah El Deeb

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Dec. 9 2013 10:29 a.m. MST

This image Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 file photo released by Egypt's Interior Ministry shows Mohammed Badie, the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood after being detained by Egyptian security in Cairo, Egypt. Badie appeared in court Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 for the first time since his arrest in August. He and 14 other leaders of the group are facing charges of inciting violence and murder during protests. The trial was postponed to Feb. 11, 2013.

Egyptian Interior Ministry, Associated Press

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CAIRO — The leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has appeared in court for the first time, facing — along with 14 other leaders of the group — charges of inciting murder during protests this summer.

Mohammed Badie was arrested in August. He already faces charges of inciting violence in earlier protests but had not appeared in court before Monday.

The trial of the Brotherhood leaders is part of a string of prosecutions Egypt's current military-backed administration is carrying out as part of a crackdown on the group since the July 3 coup that removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, himself of the Brotherhood.

Morsi himself is on trial for inciting murder. In Monday's session, Badie denied the charges. The defendants in the cage chanted: "Down with military rule," according to Egypt's state news agency.

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