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Arrest warrant issued for Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
July 10th, 2013
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The leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, has a warrant issued for his arrest. At least nine other senior figures of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's party are also wanted for arrest. Badie is accused in the incitement of the violence in Cairo in which more than 50 people were killed this week.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Many Brotherhood members are already in detention. Warrants are said to have been issued for hundreds more.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdul Atti says that ousted President Mohammed Morsi is being held in a "safe place" and that 61-year-old Morsi is being treated in a "very dignified manner.

"For his own safety and for the safety of the country, it is better to keep him in a safe place. Otherwise, the consequences will be dire," he added.

The Muslim Brotherhood maintains that Morsi's ouster by the military a week ago amounted to a coup. Brotherhood supporters have since been staging protests outside the capital's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, not far from the barracks, demanding Morsi's release and reinstatement.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesmen were askance by the prosecutor's move to issue arrest warrants for Mohammed Badie, who is the movement's general or supreme guide, to whom every new member is required to pledge an oath of allegiance.

His detention would be sure to inflame the thousands of Brotherhood supporters camped outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, where they are vowing to remain until Morsi is released and reinstated.

Badie and other Brotherhood leaders escaped arrest when the army deposed Morsi a week ago.

The real danger is that the move to arrest Badie completely undermines efforts by the interim president to form a government of national unity, ahead of proposed elections next year. Adly Mansour's office had previously said that it had offered positions to the Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party has said it will not accept an offer to join the cabinet being set up by interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi, a 76-year-old economist and former finance minister who was appointed on Tuesday.

They say the arrest warrants could scupper any attempts to persuade the Brotherhood to participate in the transitional political process.

Spokesman Gehad el-Haddad said the charges against Badie were "nothing more than an attempt by the police state to dismantle the Rabaa protest."

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