Egypt court upholds freeze of Islamists' assets

An Egyptian woman carrying a photo of ousted president Hosni Mubarak chants slogans against ousted President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood as she expresses her support for Mubarak at a court in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. The ousted long-time autocrat went back in court as his trial resumed on charges related to the killings of some 900 protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his ouster. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's official news agency says a Cairo court has upheld an order to freeze the assets of top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and a former Islamic militant group.

MENA reported the Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday upheld the order to "temporarily" freeze financial assets of Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and his deputies including strongman Khairat el-Shater and others. Most of those listed are already in detention, facing trial mostly over inciting violence and murder.

The decision was initially made by the prosecutor general in July, in the aftermath of military's overthrow of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, who has been held in an undisclosed location since his ouster. He has been referred to trial for inciting the murder of his opponents last year.