Egypt Court Upholds Life Sentence against Muslim Brotherhood Leader

An Egyptian appeals court on Saturday upheld a life sentence against the Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme guide Mohamed Badie for “planning violent attacks”, the country’s judicial officials have said.

The Court of Cassation also upheld life sentences against two other Brotherhood leaders including Mahmoud Ghozlan, a Brotherhood spokesman, along with five-year prison terms for 14 others, defence lawyer Abdel Moneim Abdel Maksoud told AFP.

This is Badie’s third life sentence after two appeals, and a final one, as well as other rulings of the court.

The defendants were accused of conspiring to stir unrest during protests that followed the July 2013 military-led ouster of Egypt’s Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a former Brotherhood leader.

The retrial came after the Court of Cassation scrapped a 2015 ruling under which Badie and 13 others were condemned to death and 34 defendants given life terms — 25 years in Egypt.

The court has cancelled scores of death sentences against Morsi supporters, including against the deposed president himself, after the North African country designated the Brotherhood a “terrorist” organisation in December 2013 following a clampdown by President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

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