Mohammed Badie in December 2013
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Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie on trial in Egypt

25 March 2014 Last updated at 23:25 GMT

The Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader, Mohammed Badie, and 682 other supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi have gone on trial in Egypt.

They face charges relating to an attack on a police station in the central city of Minya last August.

Mr Badie, along with most of the other defendants and the defence lawyers, is absent from court in what has been described as "unprecedented" circumstances.

The mass trial in Minya comes a day after the same court sentenced 528 other Morsi supporters to death.

Orla Guerin reports.