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Uproar in Egyptian court halts Muslim Brotherhood trial

Source: Reuters - Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:49 PM
Author: Reuters
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An Egyptian judge on Wednesday halted the trial of leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood after they shouted slogans and refused to cooperate with the court.

Judge Mustafa Salama said the case of the Brotherhood's General Guide Mohamed Badie and fellow defendants, who are charged with inciting the killing of protesters, would be transferred to the Cairo appeals court.

Badie earlier led his co-accused in chants against the army-backed government, shouting "Down with military rule" from the cage where defendants are held in Egypt.

They were arrested in a crackdown on the Islamist group after the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July following mass protests against his rule.

It was the second time their trial had been halted.

The judge said he had given the defense team ample opportunities to calm their clients, to no avail.

"The court has decided to recuse itself from the trial and refer it to the court of appeal in order to decide upon referring it to a different circuit with the continuing detainment of the defendants," said lead judge Mostafa Salama.

In October, a separate panel of judges withdrew from the case after a hearing which the defendants did not attend.

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