By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
First, there was Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for 30 years before being overthrown and replaced by democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood in 2012. Then, Morsi and friends were overthrown by the Egyptian military on June 30, 2013. Last week, Mubarak was released from prison to receive medical attention and placed under house arrest before trial.
On Sunday, the military-controlled temporary government put Mubarak and three leaders of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood on trial, including the Brotherhood’s current leader, Mohammed Badie. While the Muslim Brotherhood says it is a peaceful movement being unfairly targeted by the generals, the military says it was merely responding to the people’s will. The military points out that Morsi was taking too much power and mismanaging the economy with his Muslim Brotherhood government.
The trial of the Brotherhood leaders shows that army-ruled Egypt plans to stomp down on what they view as a terrorist group. President Barack Obama is keeping an eye on Egypt, and is worried the military is being too harsh on its citizens with aggressive actions.