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Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie arrested in Egypt
The private TV channel ON Television showed footage of the Brotherhood’s leader, formally known as the movement’s supreme guide, under arrest and looking tired and downcast.
The 70-year-old Mr. Badie had been a fugitive since an arrest warrant was issued last month on charges of incitement to violence and murder.
Hundreds of supporters of the Brotherhood have been arrested and hundreds more killed since the military-backed government cracked down last week on protests against the July 3 ouster of Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi.
The government has declared a state of emergency and is openly considering trying to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood, a movement that espouses political Islam and the imposition of religious law.
“Mohammed Badie is one member of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Mr. Aref said in a posting on the group’s website. “No one has the right to relinquish Egyptians’ right to a secure life away from the treacherous and corrupt gang behind the July 3 coup. The revolution shall never die.”
Mr. Badie and his former deputy, Khairat al-Shatir, who was arrested last month, will face trial this month on charges arising from the shooting deaths of eight anti-Brotherhood demonstrators outside the group’s headquarters in June.
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