Second group of judges walks out from Muslim Brotherhood Badie trial
Judges walked out of the trial of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood chief and his deputies Wednesday following chaos in the courtoom, according to Agence France-Presse.
Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and 34 co-defendants are charged with killing protestors during the June 30 demonstrations that led to former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's oust.
According to the report, Brotherhood members continued shouting anti-government slogans during the trial, making proceedings in the courtroom nearly impossible. The presiding judge, Mostafa Salama, decided the therefore suspend further proceedings and adjourn the trial.
"I asked the accused to remain calm but they did not do so. Therefore we are recusing ourselves," Salama said before he and his two fellow judges walked out.
This is not the first time that judges have walked out of the Badie trial. Three judges previously withdrew from the case in late October due to "reasons of conscience."
Badie, along with his two deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad al-Bayoumi, may face the death penalty if convicted. Three of the other defendants also face murder charges. The remaining 29 are charged with "participating in acts of violence."
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