Muslim Brotherhood leader denies 'terror' allegations
on 27/08/2013 13:32:56
Mohammed el-Beltagy's videotaped speech was aired by Al-Jazeera this morning.
He says the accusations are "lies" and an attempt to turn a political crisis into a security problem.
He went into hiding earlier this month after authorities violently broke up protest encampments held by supporters of President Mohammed Morsi, ousted in a July 3 coup.
Hundreds died in the crackdown, including el-Beltagy's daughter.
In a backlash, Morsi supporters attacked police stations, government buildings and churches.
Hundreds of Brotherhood leaders and Morsi supporters have been arrested, many accused of orchestrating violence.
Egypt's media, almost uniformly anti-Brotherhood after the closure of Islamist TV stations, have described the crackdown as a "war on terror."