US media is reporting that the trial of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Dr. Mohamed Badie and his deputies was abruptly halted when the defendants disrupted the proceedings. According to a Global Post report:
December 11, 2013. The trial of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and his deputies came to an abrupt end when judges walked out, citing chaos in the dock.
Protests spilled from the streets into Egypt’s courts on Wednesday, with Muslim Brotherhood leaders disrupting proceedings with such fervor it led to judges recusing themselves from proceedings.
Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and deputies Khairat al-Shater and Rashad al-Bayoumi face death penalties related to charges they orchestrated riots that killed nine protesters on June 30.
In all, 34 members of the Muslim Brotherhood face charges from murder to rioting, Agence France-Presse said.
On Wednesday, the three leaders shouted and refused to cooperate as their trials continued.
‘The Egyptian people tasted freedom after the revolution (to oust strongman Hosni Mubarak), and since the election of Mohamed Morsi,’ Badie shouted at judges. ‘They will not give up this freedom.’
He also accused Egypt’s leading general, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, of killing protesters as they prayed during an Aug. 14 crackdown on camps erected to protest Morsi’s arrest.
Judge Mustafa Salama said the case will be transferred to a Cairo appeals court, Reuters reported.
This is the second false start for the Islamist leaders, whose case was delayed in October after many accused refused to attend court.
A panel of three judges to hear that case also quit then.”
The GMBDW reported earlier this week that tDr. Badie had appeared in court for the first time since he was arrested last August. In August 2013, the GMBDW reported that Egyptian authorities had arrested Dr. Badie.
A report by a London-based Arabic news provides some biographical detail about Dr. Mohamed Badie who it says is considered one of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders most loyal to the thought of Sayyid Qutb, one of the most important and most radical ideologues in the history of the Muslim Brotherhood:
Muhammad Badi (67 years old) has been able to keep his membership of the Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Bureau for 17 years as he is considered to be one of the most loyal leaders to the organization of Sayyid Qutb. According to the Arab Scientific Encyclopedia issued by the Egyptian State Information Service in 1999, Badi is one of “the greatest 100 Arab scientists.” Badi is the founder of the High Veterinary Institute in the Arab Republic of Yemen. Badi was born on 7 August 1943 in Al-Mahallah al-Kubra (in the Nile Delta), attended the Veterinary Medicine College in Cairo in 1960, graduated in 1965, and was appointed a lecturer at the Veterinary Medicine College in Asyut University in the same year. In 1959 Badi met Dr Muhammad Sulayman al-Najjar, member of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood, who invited Badi to join the Muslim Brotherhood, and Badi agreed. The new general guide was sentenced in a number of cases, the most famous of which was a 15-year imprisonment in 1965 in the military case that included among the sentenced the fundamentalist leader Sayyid Qutb; Badi spent 9 years in prison on the basis of that sentence, and then he returned to his post at Asyut University, after which he was transferred to Al-Zaqaziq University, and then he traveled to Yemen, and from there he returned to Bani-Suwayf University.
(Source: London Al-Hayah Online in Arabic — Website of influential Saudi-owned London pan-Arab daily. URL: http://www.daralhayat.com)
An Al-Jazeera report confirms that Dr. Badie was a follower of Qutb:
Born in 1943 in the Nile Delta town of Mahalla el-Kubra, Badie was jailed for nine years in the 1960s after being accused of membership of a Brotherhood paramilitary cell that allegedly planned the overthrow of the government. He later became responsible for ideological education in the group. In the case for which Badie was jailed, thousands of Islamists were convicted and imprisoned while influential radical Islamist thinker Sayid Qutb was executed. Although disowned by some Brotherhood members for his radical views, Badie and others in the movement continued to embrace Qutb, who advocated armed struggle to impose Islamic law.
Some of Dr. Badie’s exxtremiost statement have included:
- Predicting the end of the United States
- Asserting a “U.S,/Zionist conspiracy” in the secession of South Sudan
- Praising radical Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Sayyid Qutb
- Denouncing peace efforts with Israel and said that “jihad is obligatory” for Muslims.
In July 2010, we reported on the election of Dr. Badie as the new Supreme Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.