Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood finds itself tested after security forces arrested leader Mohammed Badie Tuesday and aired a video of him under guard.
According to The Wall Street Journal, “Badie, along with five other prominent leaders of the Brotherhood, have been charged with inciting the murders of eight people when the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters were set upon by protesters in late June.”
The trial for these leaders, including Badie, “is set to start this week.”
Badie is a 70-year old veterinary professor who has been wanted by Egyptian authorities for weeks. After being apprehended by police on August 20, a two-minute video of Badie sitting on a couch with an armed, “plainclothes” man standing beside him was broadcast throughout Egypt.
The video was intended to send the signal that authorities are succeeding against terrorism.
Muslim Brotherhood leaders “who remain free have not been heard from.” And the planned protests of the Brotherhood’s Week of Departure–which was supposed to be this week–have yet to come to fruition.
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