Life in prison replaces death sentence for Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide in ‘Rabaa operations room’ retrial

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Monday 8 May 2017

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie received a life sentence Monday while 21 others were acquitted in the case

Mohamed Badie
File Photo: Muslim Brotherhood guide Mohamed Badie behind bars (Photo:Reuters)

Egypt's Giza Criminal Court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and two other defendants to life in prison, two defendants to five years in prison and acquitted 21 others in the ‘Rabaa operations room’ retrial.

In April 2015, Badie, along with 13 other defendants, was sentenced to death while 37 others were sentenced to life in prison for setting up an "operation room" at a protest camp supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adawiya area in the summer of 2013.

According to Badie's lawyer Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maqsoud, the Brotherhood leader does not face any other death sentences as all have been successfully appealed. 

After Morsi’s ouster in July 2013, the now-banned Brotherhood -- from which the ex-president hails -- and other supporting Islamist groups held a sit-in in Rabaa Al-Adawiya to protest his deposal.

In Monday's verdicts, Badie, Mahmoud Ghozlan and Hossam Abu Bakr received life sentences. Salah Sultan and his son received five years in prison.  

The acquitted include two journalists, Hani Salah El-Deen and Ahmed Sobai. Others included Omar Malek (son of Brotherhood leader Hassan Malek), who faced a death sentence in the 2015 trial, former MPs Saad El-Hoseiny and Ahmed Abu Baraka and brotherhood media spokesman Gehad El-Haddad. 

The retrial verdicts can still be appealed.

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