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Brother of Al-Qaeda head Zawahiri to stand trial in Egypt over forming 'terrorist group'

Published on Apr 7, 2014 12:50 AM

CAIRO (AFP) - The brother of Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri will stand trial in Egypt along with 67 others on charges of forming a "terrorist group", state media reported on Sunday. Mohamed al-Zawahiri was arrested last August for supporting Islamist president Mohamed Mursi, who was ousted by the army in July and has now been refered to trial by the state prosecutor.

Zawahiri and the other suspects are accused of having set up an “Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group” that plotted attacks against government installations, security personnel and members of Egypt’s Christian minority, state news agency MENA said. The group was seeking to “spread chaos and undermine security” across Egypt, it added. MENA did not say whether the group had actually carried out any attacks, nor did it give a date for the trial.

Meanwhile, a controversial lawyer and critic of activists who spearheaded Egypt's 2011 uprising announced on Sunday that he will run for president, in an election expected to be won by the former army chief.

Mr Mortada Mansour, who was elected last week as head of Cairo's Zamalek football club, said he was in favour of a "strong state" to enforce the rule of law.

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