Brotherhood chief dismisses Egypt terrorism accusations

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie on Tuesday dismissed accusations that his group engaged in terrorism.

Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie on Tuesday dismissed accusations that his group engaged in terrorism.

CAIRO – Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie on Tuesday dismissed accusations that his group engaged in terrorism.

"The Brotherhood rejects all forms of terrorism and has endured a lot for that sake," Badie said during his trial session on alleged violence charges.

"The group has for over 85 years never engaged in terrorism and never surrendered to any terrorism," he added.

The top Brotherhood leader went on to say that "the military coup is doomed to fail" – in reference to last summer's military ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, whose supporters describe his removal from power as a "coup".

Badie and 50 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders appeared in court on Tuesday on charges of "plotting to sow sedition" during last August's bloody dispersal of a pro-Morsi sit-in in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.

The defendants are also accused of "masterminding a plot to sow chaos and storm and set fire to police stations, state institutions, public and private property and Christian places of worship."

Prosecutors also accused Brotherhood leaders of "coordinating with e-committees to prepare doctored images portraying the killing and injury of protesters" and of staging rallies "aimed at disrupting traffic and terrorizing citizens."

The trial was adjourned until Sunday.

Hundreds were killed last August when security forces violently dispersed two pro-Morsi sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares in Cairo and Giza.

The bloody sit-in dispersal came a few weeks after Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was deposed by the army after only one year in office following massive demonstrations against his presidency.

The Egyptian government then launched a sweeping, sustained crackdown on the ousted president's supporters in which the Rabaa dispersal is widely seen as having been a turning point.

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