Egypt court sentences Brotherhood leader Badie and others to 25 years in prison

Ahram Online , Monday 30 May 2016

This is the seventh life sentence handed down for Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie in several different trials

A file picture taken on April 20, 2015 shows Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, standing in court during his hearing in the Egyptian capital, Cairo (AFP)

An Ismailia court sentenced on Monday Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and 35 others to 25 years in prison in the "Ismailia clashes" trial.

The Ismailia Criminal Court sentenced nine defendants to 15 years, 20 defendants to 10 years, and 20 defendants to three years.

The court found them guilty of killing three citizens in Ismailia governorate and attempting to kill 16 others, as well as attempting to occupy a governorate building in July 2013 following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The sentences are subject to appeal.

The court also acquitted 20 people in the case.

This is the seventh life sentence in several different trials issued for the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood since his arrest in 2013.

Three previous life sentencesagainst Badie have been successfully appealed, with the court ordering retrials.

Badie was also sentenced to death in three other trials, with the Court of Cassation revoking two of the death sentences and ordering retrials. An appeal against the third sentence is under deliberation.

According to Badie's lawyer, Badie is currently facing nearly 40 trials, with most sentences under appeal.

The Muslim Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation in November 2013 by the Egyptian government. 

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