Egypt:Hands Brotherhood leader Badie fresh life sentence

An Egyptian court has sentenced the leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood movement, Mohamed Badie, to another life term in prison over his alleged role in protests in 2013.

Badie had already been sentenced to life in jail in 2014 after being convicted of murder and inciting violence during clashes that took place during the military-led ouster of Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi.

The ruling, which can be appealed in a higher court within 60 days, was handed to Badie in a mass trial of 92 co-defendants given jail sentences ranging from 15 years to life.

Fifteen prisoners at the bar were also given life sentences, while 77 others each received 15 years of prison with hard labor.

Most of the defendants — who were charged with inciting terrorism, leading an outlawed group, raiding and vandalizing government facilities among other crimes related to clashes in Beni Suef in August 2013 — were tried in absentia.

The defendants receiving prison sentences included former members of parliament and members of the Freedom and Justice Party.

The junta-backed government of General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has outlawed the Brotherhood after removing Morsi from power and arrested thousands of his supporters. Officials in Egypt have also dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party which Morsi led.

Mass life and death sentences have been common practice since then in what rights groups have described as a harsh crackdown on Morsi supporters.

By Staff Report

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