The criminal trial in a Cairo courtroom of some of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders is scheduled to begin on Sunday, an Israeli counterterrorism expert told Law Enforcement Examiner.
One of the leaders tried will be Mohammed al-Zawahri, the brother of al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahri. Mohammed was apprehended last week by the Egyptian police at a security checkpoint in the city of Giza, which has been the scene of sectarian strife in the aftermath of the military's ouster of the Muslim Brother-Morsi government.
According to Lyle Bernstein, a former U.S. police officer specializing in Islamic terrorism, the deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was a key member of the Muslim Brotherhood, is not one of those facing an Egyptian trial judge on Sunday.
The Middle East news media states that the criminal charges against these Islamist leaders includes inciting violence and killing protesters, but the Brotherhood alleges it was the Egyptian government's police and security forces who killed and wounded protesters who supported the ousted Morsi government.
The prosecutor's office announced that the Muslim Brotherhood's General Guide Mohamed Badie, who was arrested Tuesday and is considered a prime catch, will stand trial separately beginning on Sunday.
Badie's detention had been extended an additional two weeks while Egyptian police investigate possible additional criminal charges such as torturing and killing anti-Morsi counter-protesters, the prosecuting attorney's noted and the Middle East media reported.
Since the violence began during two Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist sit-ins in the cities of Cairo and Giza, about 1,000 Egyptian were killed plus about 100 police officers and several domestic and foreign journalists, according to prosecutors.
The Muslim Brotherhood may be disbanded and prohibited by the Egyptian government, but some terrorism analysts believe such a move may radicalize more of the population who would then be prepared to join the Islamists' jihad (holy war).
"The dissolution of the Muslim Brotherhood may actually increase the violence since the group and its associates may decide to resort to operate from the shadows inside of Egypt and adopt al-Qaeda-style terrorism tactics," said Lyle Bernstein.