An Egyptian court on Sunday adjourned the trial of three jailed Muslim Brotherhood leaders because of their absence, with the judge ordering they be present for the next session.
At the same time, toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak appeared in a separate courtroom for his first
hearing since he was released from jail to house arrest on Thursday.
The hearings come against the backdrop of continuing political uncertainty in the wake of the July 3 ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, followed by a crackdown on his Brotherhood movement. Sources said the Brotherhood defendants, including supreme guide Mohamed Badie and two deputies, were not brought to court for security reasons.
But the judge overseeing their trial for inciting the deaths of protesters adjourned the proceedings over their absence and asked the interior ministry to bring them to the next hearing on October 29.
Badie and deputies Khairat al-Shater and Rashad al-Bayoumi face charges related to the deaths of protesters who stormed the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters on June 30. Badie is the first Brotherhood supreme guide to be arrested by Egyptian authorities since 1981.