Egypt court upholds freeze of Islamists’ assets

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s official news agency says a Cairo court has upheld an order to freeze the assets of top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and a former Islamic militant group.

MENA reported the Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday upheld the order to “temporarily” freeze financial assets of Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and his deputies including strongman Khairat el-Shater and others. Most of those listed are already in detention, facing trial mostly over inciting violence and murder.

The decision was initially made by the prosecutor general in July, in the aftermath of military’s overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, who has been held in an undisclosed location since his ouster. He has been referred to trial for inciting the murder of his opponents last year.

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