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Posted: Feb 3, 2014 7:33 AM

Updated: Feb 3, 2014 7:33 AM

CAIRO (AP) Egyptian prosecutors have referred to trial the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and 50 others on charges of inciting supporters to resist security forces during a deadly sweep against their sit-in protest in August.

Supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi had camped out in an eastern Cairo district for nearly two months before police moved in to break up their encampment, killing at least 600.

Morsi, Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and others are already facing several trials on charges that mostly carry the death penalty.

The trials are part of the military-backed government's widening crackdown on the group and its Islamist allies. Thousands of the group's members have been jailed since Morsi's ouster in a July 3 military coup.

No date has been set yet for the latest trial.

Topics: Egypt

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