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Brotherhood’s supreme leader sentenced to life imprisonment for third time

An Egyptian court sentenced the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie and 14 others to life imprisonment.

The 15 defendants:

  • Mohamed Badie
  • Mohamed Al-Beltagy
  • Essam El-Erian
  • Assem Abdel Majid
  • Safwat Hegazy
  • Ezzat Sabri Hasan
  • Anwar Ali
  • Al-Husseini Antar Mahrous
  • Hisham Ibrahim Kamel
  • Gamal Fathi Yusuf
  • Ahmad Dahi Mohamed
  • Azab Mustafa Marsa
  • Bassem Oudah
  • Abu El-Dahab Hassan Mohamed
  • Mohamed Ali Talha

The life sentence is the third against Badie, after two similar verdicts in August and July.

According to an Anadolu correspondent, the session lasted 15 minutes in the absence of the defence lawyers. Following the announcement of the verdicts, the defendants chanted: “Down with the military rule! Down with the military’s judiciary!”

The verdicts can be appealed at a higher court, Anadolu said.

Badie’s lawyer said that the defence team will appeal the ruling.

The events allegedly took place during a protest by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in Bahr Al-Azam Street in the Giza Governorate on July 16, 2013. At least seven were killed in clashes between protesters and police.

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