Court upholds life sentence for Brotherhood leader Badie in a 2013 case

Egypt’s Court of Cassation upheld on Wednesday a life imprisonment sentence for Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie on incitement of deadly violence charges, in a first final ruling against the 73-year old in a series of retrials in various criminal cases.

The Court also upheld life sentences in the same case against 36 other defendants, including top Brotherhood leaders Mohamed El-Beltagy, cleric Safwat Hegazy, former youth minister Osama Yassin, and former supply minister Bassem Oda.

On 30 May, a lower court convicted Badie, the group’s former supreme guide, and the 36 others of inciting violence that led to the killing of two people in the Nile Delta governorate of Qalyoubia in July 2013.

Badie and his co-defendants appealed that ruling.

The case dates back to the violent attacks on security forces in the days and weeks following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in the summer of 2013.

The case is one in a string of trials involving members and supporters of the now-banned Brotherhood group.

Earlier this week, the same court upheld a 20-year sentence for ousted president Morsi in the 2012 Ittihadiya Palace case, in what was the first final verdict against the ex-president, who is also appealing other verdicts in other criminal cases.

Source: Ahram Online

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