Egypt orders 504 Islamists to face mass tribunal

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 file photo, Egyptian interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi speaks during a press conference at the headquarters of the Egyptian prime ministry in Cairo, Egypt. El-Beblawi announced Monday the resignation of his Cabinet, a surprise move that could be designed in part to pave the way for the nation’s military chief to leave his defense minister’s post to run for president. El-Beblawi has often been derided in the media for his perceived indecisiveness and inability to introduce effective remedies to the country’s economic woes. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

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CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities have ordered more than 500 supporters of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi to face a mass tribunal on violence charges.

Thousands of Morsi supporters have been arrested, killed and injured in a heavy crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood since the Islamist leader was toppled on July 3. The Muslim Brotherhood has been labeled a terrorist organization and its assets have been confiscated.

On Monday, Egypt's main prosecutor Hisham Barakat referred 504 of Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters to the Cairo Criminal Court on charges ranging from murder and using violence during deadly clashes that broke out during Aug. 16 demonstrations.

The events came two days after the military-backed government razed sprawling protest camps, killing hundreds of people and sparking days of unrest.

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