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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leader loses appeal against life sentence

By Reuters - Nov 15,2017 - Last updated at Nov 15,2017

Mohammad Badi, Egyptian Brotherhood supreme guide attends the trial session, known as breaking up the Rabaa El Adaweya protests case, at Cairo criminal court in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday (Anadolu Agency photo)

CAIRO — The leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, Mohamed Badie, lost his appeal on Wednesday against a life sentence for his role in violent clashes during political turmoil in 2013, judicial sources said.

The judgement by the court of cassation against the sentence, handed out in 2016, cannot be appealed.

Badie, 74, was convicted for his role in violence that broke out in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia days after the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, a member of the Brotherhood, following mass demonstrations against him. 

In the same case, the court on Wednesday also upheld life sentences against seven other people and handed 10-year sentences to 39 and three-year sentences to 19 others.

They were charged with killing three people and attempting to kill 16 others, thuggery, and vandalising public property among other offences, related to the clashes in Ismailia in July 2013.

Authorities outlawed the Brotherhood after Morsi was ousted, and arrested thousands of its supporters. They also dissolved its Freedom and Justice Party, which Morsi led.

Mass life and death sentences have been common since then in what rights groups call an unprecedented crackdown by the government of Sisi, who promised during campaigning for the presidency to wipe out the Brotherhood.

 

Badie has also been sentenced to life in eight other cases, only one of which has been confirmed. Two were cancelled, two are pending appeal and three the subject of retrials.

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