Published On: Mon, Jul 15th, 2013

Egyptian prosecutors freeze Brotherhood leaders’ assets amid violence investigation

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Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie (Reuters / Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie (Reuters / Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

The assets of top Muslim Brotherhood members and other Islamists have been frozen by Egypt’s prosecutors as they investigate the incitement of violence at protests, according to the judiciary.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, Mohamed Badie, and his deputy, Kharait El-Shater, are among the 14 Islamists targeted, along with Freedom and Justice Party leader Saad El-Katatni, Vice President Essam El-Erian, Salafist former presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail and a number of other politicians.

The above are accused of calling for violence at Giza’s Nahda Square and the Republican Guard Headquarters in early July, the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in late June, and the Ittihadiya presidential palace in December of 2012.

The accused are expected to be questioned in the coming days, according to the public prosecutor’s office.

Arrest warrants for the Brotherhood’s top members have already been issued, while ousted president Mohamed Morsi is being investigated for spying, inciting the killings of protesters, and damaging the economy.

The prosecutors’ move comes amid a wave of deadly violence that took hold of Egypt following Morsi’s removal. Dozens of people from both camps have lost their lives in the two weeks since his overthrow.

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Source: Russia Today

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