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Egypt Orders Arrest Of Muslim Brotherhood Leader
As the leaders of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood are being rounded up, the Egyptian prosecutor’s office has ordered the arrest of Mohammed Badie, the supreme leader of the group.
Badie is accused of inciting protesters into violence, following the death of 51 people in Cairo on Monday during violent clashes between pro-Morsi protesters and security agents.
Nine other leading Brotherhood figures, including Badie’s first deputy, Khairat El-Shater, are also on the most wanted list.
This comes as the group rejected an offer by the new prime minister to be part of an interim cabinet.
Badie and El-Shater are seen by opposition officials as the real power Morsi while he was in office.
Badie was the original muslim Brotherhood candidate before prior convictions forced him to resign and let Morsi take his place.
In reaction, the Brotherhood dismissed the accusations against its leaders as “nothing more than an attempt by the police state to dismantle the Rabaa protest.”
Protesters remain at the Rabaa al-Adawiya in Cairo, and al-Jazeerareports that the wanted leaders are among them as it is a pretty safe place to be if the military and police want to avoid any more bloodshed.
Meanwhile, the deposed President is still under house arrest at an undisclosed location in Egypt just a year and a few days after he became Egypt’s first democratically elected President.
At least a dozen of his closest aides and advisors are also under house arrest.