CAIRO — Egyptian courts on Sunday heard separate criminal cases against former president Hosni Mubarak and top leaders of his archrival, the Muslim Brotherhood, both over allegations of killing protesters.
Egyptian media portrayed the prosecution of longtime foes as ‘‘trials of the two regimes,’’ an attempt to show that both Islamists and secular-leaning Mubarak authoritarian regimes are alike after a July 3 military coup toppled President Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood member.
Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie and five other members of the Islamist Brotherhood received continuations of their cases until Oct. 29.
The defendants, two of whom are still in at large and being tried in absentia, face charges stemming from clashes outside the Brotherhood’s Cairo headquarters on June 30 that left nine dead. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.