Egypt’s public prosecutor extended on Tuesday the detention of Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie for 15 days pending an investigation into allegations he was complicit in the death of protesters outside the presidential palace last December, reports Al Arabiya.
Badie, 70, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, was arrested late Monday night in an apartment close to Rabia al-Adawiya square, where Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohammed Morsi held sit-ins that were cleared in a bloody crackdown by security forces last week.
An Al Arabiya correspondent reported that Badie was being taken to Tora prison, the same Cairo prison that former President Hosni Mubarak is now being held.
Ironically, Badie’s arrest came several hours after Mubarak’s lawyer said his client will likely be released from prison this week.
Mubarak's chief attorney said that the new government of Egypt had decided that there was no reason to keep Mubarak in prison after he was cleared of corruption charges.
Badie was charged in July with incitement to murder in connection with protests before Morsi's ouster and is due to stand trial on August 25 along with his two deputies. Badie is one of nine Muslim Brotherhood officials in Egypt against whom arrest warrants were recently issued.
Footage shown on local media Tuesday showed the bearded leader sitting grim-faced in a grey robe near a man with a rifle following his detention in Cairo in the early hours.