Egypt is moving quickly to try the cases of the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohamed Badie, and his two top deputies, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumy. The three are charged with inciting lethal violence in the protests that followed the deposing of Mohamed Morsi as president of Egypt. The trials begin August 25th.
The Egyptian military is pressing for swift justice in order to crush the Muslim Brotherhood. It's already paying dividends, as the call for protests in the so called, "Friday of Martyrs", fizzled out as only small gatherings, scattered throughout Egypt took place. Gone were the massive crowds that massed right after the military overthrew Morsi.
The trials will take place just a few days after Hosni Mubarak was released from prison to house arrest. It's also just days after Badie was arrested. None of the three defendents are expected in court, but the trials will proceed anyway. It is unclear what the sentences might be, but Egypt is under a state of emergency and the death penalty could apply.
Since the overthrow of Morsi in a populist rebellion against the handling of the economy and the imposition of strict Islamic law, over 1,000 people have been killed. The interim government has busied itself revamping the constitution, including the removal of all Islamic regulations but one. That regulation makes it a crime to say anything disparaging against the president. Many worry that will remain and not allow people to voice their displeasure over actions by the government.
;Islamists are concerned that Egypt will lose it's Islamic identity. There are an estimated 1 million Islamists in Egypt, which has a population of 82.5 million people. The Muslim Brotherhood, who was founded in 1928, has proven to be a resiliant force, but the military, who have fought them for over 60 years is bound and determined to reduce the threat they pose.
President Obama is taking a wait and see attitude towards Egypt, even as many Egyptians see him as an ally to their enemies, the Muslim brotherhood.