Egypt questions Brotherhood’s top leader in prison

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors have been questioning the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme leader in a Cairo prison after his arrest early Tuesday.

Mohammed Badie (BAH’-dee) and his deputy are to stand trial later this month on charges of complicity in the killing in June of eight protesters outside the Brotherhood’s national headquarters in Cairo.

Badie’s arrest comes as a blow to the Muslim Brotherhood, as it struggles to keep up street protests against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in the face of a harsh government crackdown. Still, the Brotherhood vows that Badie’s detention will not weaken the movement or lead its followers away from their principles.

The group’s near-daily protests since Morsi’s ouster have diminished in recent days, with scattered demonstrations in Cairo and elsewhere attracting mere hundreds, and in some cases just dozens, of protesters.

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135-a-08-(Khaled Dawoud (KHAH’-lehd dah-OOD’), political activist, in interview)-”stop arbitrary arrests”-Egyptian political activist Khaled Dawoud says he has sharp differences with the Muslim Brotherhood, but believes arresting its leaders will solve nothing. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) (20 Aug 2013)

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136-a-18-(Khaled Dawoud (KHAH’-lehd dah-OOD’), political activist, in interview)-”the situation worse”-Political activist Khaled Dawoud says arrests and harsh crackdowns on pro-Morsi demonstrators just won’t work. COURTESY: Sky News ((mandatory on-air credit)) ((note length)) (20 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO CAI103: This image released by Egypt’s Interior Ministry shows Mohammed Badie the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood after being detained by Egyptian security in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Egypt’s military-backed authorities on Tuesday arrested the supreme leader of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood, dealing a serious blow to the Islamist group at a time when it is struggling to keep up its street protests against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in the face of a harsh government crackdown. The Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, Badie, was arrested in an apartment at the eastern Cairo district of Nasr City, close to the location of the six-week sit-in protest by supporters of Morsi, who also hails from the Islamist group. (AP Photo/Egyptian Interior Ministry) (18 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO CAI101: In this image taken from Egypt State TV, Mohammed Badie the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, is seen after being detained by Egyptian security in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. Egypt’s military-backed rulers are pressing on in their crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood with the arrest early Tuesday of the group’s spiritual leader who had been in hiding near the huge sit-in in support of the country’s ousted Islamist president, which security forces violently dispersed a week ago, leaving hundreds dead. (AP Photo/Egypt State TV) (20 Aug 2013)

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