Egypt to try al-Zawahri’s brother

AFP-JIJI

Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri’s brother is to stand trial with 67 others for forming a “terrorist group” and plotting attacks after Islamist President Mohammed Morsi’s ouster, Egyptian state media reported Sunday.

Mohammed al-Zawahri was arrested last August, a month after Morsi’s ouster by the army, and has been called to go on trial by the state prosecutor.

The military-installed authorities have since launched a crackdown against Morsi’s supporters that has left more than 1,400 people dead and thousands jailed.

Al-Zawahri and the other suspects are accused of having set up an “al-Qaida-linked terrorist group” that plotted attacks against government installations, security personnel and members of Egypt’s Christian minority, state news agency MENA said. It did not say whether the group had actually carried out any attacks, nor did it give a date for the trial. It said 50 of the accused were in custody and others are on the run.