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Brotherhood condemns Mohammad Badie arrest

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has condemned the arrest of its leader Mohammad Badie over allegations of incitement to violence and murder.A Brotherhood spokesman said the arrest was part of a plot against the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak.Mr Badie was detained near the site of a Cairo protest camp cleared by police last week with heavy loss of life.Meanwhile Egypt’s former Vice President Mohamed ElBaradei is to face trial on charges of breaching national trust.Mr ElBaradei, who is out of the country, resigned on 14 August after security forces dispersed two protest camps in Cairo set up by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.In another development on Tuesday, President Barack Obama chaired a meeting of his National Security Council to review aid to Egypt, but the meeting produced no imminent changes to US policy, officials said.Washington has already cancelled military exercises with Egypt in the wake of the recent violence and has been under pressure to make cuts to the $1.3bn (£830m) in annual military aid it gives to the country.Egypt is under a state of emergency as the military-backed interim leaders crack down on Islamists opposed to the ousting of Mr Morsi.Thousands of members of the Muslim Brotherhood – the movement from which Mr Morsi comes – have been detained since Mr Morsi’s overthrow on 3 July.At a news conference, Khaled Hanafi, a member of the Freedom and Justice Party – the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood – said the organisation would not be thrown off course by Mr Badie’s arrest.”He is of huge value to us and we are in pain. But the Brotherhood operates as a coalition on all levels of society and this arrest will not affect our operations and our peaceful right to protest what so ever,” he said.Mr Badie has reportedly been temporarily replaced as “general guide” by Mr Badie’s second deputy, Mahmoud Ezzat.Mr Ezzat is also subject to an arrest warrant. Mr Badie’s first deputy, Khairat el-Shater, was arrested in the days following Mr Morsi’s overthrow on 3 July.Mr Badie, 70, had initially been a prominent figure at the Brotherhood’s protest camps in Cairo, but went into hiding as the military-backed interim government stepped up efforts to shut down the protests.He is facing charges of inciting violence and murder over the deaths of eight anti-Brotherhood protesters outside the movement’s headquarters in Cairo in June.Officials said he had been detained in a flat in Nasr City in north-east Cairo, near the site of one of the protest camps broken up by security forces last week.

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