Mohamed Badie among dozens sentenced for life in Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood's leader and 35 others sentenced to life in jail for 'inciting violence' in 2013 clashes.

    Mohamed Badie among dozens sentenced for life in Egypt
    Mohamed Badie is led by police to talk during a trial hearing in 2015 [Reuters]

    An Egyptian court has sentenced the Muslim Brotherhood's leader and 35 other people to life in prison over violent clashes in 2013 after the army overthrew ex-president Mohamed Morsi, a judicial official has said.

    Mohamed Badie, the Brotherhood's supreme guide, has already been sentenced to death and prison terms in other trials.

    The court also sentenced 48 defendants to jail terms ranging from three to 15 years, and acquitted 20 others.

    The authorities have arrested thousands of Brotherhood leaders and members, including Morsi, since his ouster by the army in 2013.

    Hundreds have been sentenced to death, although many have appealed and won retrials.


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    The state-run MENA news agency said Badie and the other defendants were sentenced for inciting violence in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia that led to the killing of three people in July 2013.

    The country was rocked by violence for weeks after Morsi's supporters set up protest camps and demonstrated against his overthrow.

    The police killed hundreds of his supporters in clashes, including more than 600 on August 14, 2013 as they dispersed a Cairo protest camp.

    Morsi, a senior Brotherhood leader, had won the country's first free election in 2012, more than a year after a popular uprising ousted longtime leader Hosni Mubarak.

    His rule was divisive and millions held protests in Cairo demanding his resignation.

    The army overthrew and detained him in July 2013, .

    SOURCE: Agencies


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