Muslim Brotherhood acting Supreme Guide Mahmoud Ezzat after his arrest
Sunday’s verdict is a first degree ruling that can be appealed.
A life sentence in Egypt carries 25 years in jail.
The Public Prosecution had charged Ezzat and other defendants in the case with storming Egyptian prisons and collaborating with Palestinian Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood’s international leadership, and the Lebanese Hezbollah to create chaos and topple the Egyptian state as well as its institutions.
The defendants were also charged with receiving military training from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to launch military attacks in Egypt in the trial that goes back to 2011.
In June 2015, Ezzat was handed a death sentence in absentia and 20 other defendants received life sentences in the case.
Under Egyptian law, defendants who receive in-absentia convictions must be re-tried once they are apprehended.
Ezzat was arrested in 2020 at a hideout in eastern Cairo.
He was sentenced in April 2021 to life over charges of murder and terrorism in a case known in the media as the “Guidance Bureau Case.”
He was also sentenced in December of last year to life for collaborating with the Palestinian group Hamas and other foreign organisations and disclosing information pertaining to Egypt’s national security.
The Muslim Brotherhood was designated by the government as a terrorist organisation in 2013.