Egypt’s Court of Cassation issued a final sentence on Saturday of life in prison for Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and 17 others in the ‘Rabaa operations room’ trial, where they were convicted of coordinating attacks on police and churches in 2013.
The court rejected an appeal of Badie and other defendants against verdicts issued agaisnt them in May 2017. Badie and two others were sentenced to life in prison back then, 15 other defendants were sentenced to five years and 21 others were acquitted.
In April 2015, Badie, along with 13 other defendants, was initially sentenced to death and 37 others were sentenced to life in prison for setting up an "operations room" at a protest camp supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adaweya in the summer of 2013.
The defendants were tried for directing Brotherhood supporters across the country to “defy the state and spread chaos” after the dispersal of the Rabaa protest camp by police in mid-August 2013.
Saturday's court verdict is final and cannot be appealed.
Badie, 71, was arrested in August 2013, and has since received several life sentences in a number of different cases.