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Trial of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders stopped by judge

Trial of Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leaders stopped by judge
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The trial of three Muslim Brotherhood leaders was stopped in Egypt on Tuesday after one of the judges said that he felt uneasy over the case.

He announced the decision at the start of the trial and referred the case to another court.

The three men are accused of inciting violence during an anti-Brotherhood protest near their Cairo headquarters in June. Nine people were killed.

Spokesman for the defence counsel Mohamed Eldamaty said: “The decision to refer this is due to the fact that the defendants were not present. The judge had promised the defence panel they would be in court but the Ministry of the Interior did not bring them in. I think this is the main reason the judge decided to step aside.”

Mohamed Badie, the General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, faces a concerted government campaign to crack down on the Islamist movement since the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi in July.

Mursi, who replaced ex-President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 as Egypt’s first freely-elected President, is himself due in court next Monday.