Egyptian policemen stand guard outside the courthouse on March 25, 2014 in the central Egyptian city of Minya, during a session of the trial of some 700 Islamists charged with deadly rioting in an Egypt city. AFP PHOTO / STR
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Egypt's chief prosecutor on Wednesday ordered two trials for a total of 919 suspected Islamists on charges that include murder, pushing ahead with a series of mass tribunals of supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi despite international criticism.The two new trials announced Wednesday are also to be held in Minya, the state news agency MENA reported.A judicial official said they will be headed by the same judge, Said Youssef, who also began a new mass trial of more than 680 defendants on Tuesday. All told, the four trials involve 2,147 defendants. In one of the new trials announced Wednesday, 715 defendants, including the Muslim Brotherhood's top leader Mohammed Badie, are charged with killing six people and attempted murder of 51 others during attacks on state institutions on Aug. 14 in the city of Samalout.In the second trial, 204 defendants, also including Badie, face charges of inciting violence. Badie is also a defendant in the trial of 683 defendants that began Tuesday in Minya on murder and attempted murder in connection to a separate attack on a police station that killed two policemen.Thousands of Morsi supporters are already arrested and most are facing trials on a number of charges, including inciting violence, and rioting.
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