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Egypt sentences Brotherhood leader Badie to death

The ex-General Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie (L) and 21 other defendants attend a trial session behind a cage at the Cairo Police Academy in Cairo, Egypt on August 06, 2017 [Mostafa El-Shemy / Anadolu Agency]
The ex-General Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie (L) and 21 other defendants attend a trial session behind a cage at the Cairo Police Academy in Cairo, Egypt on August 06, 2017 [Mostafa El-Shemy / Anadolu Agency]

The Cairo Criminal Court yesterday sentenced leader of Muslim Brotherhood Mohammad Badei, his deputy Khairat El-Shater and four other senior members of the group to death, the Safa News Agency reported.

At the same time, the court acquitted former speaker of the parliament Saad El-Katatni, Mohamed Beltagy, Issam Al-Aryan and three others.

The court also sentenced six others to life in prison, including Mohammad Abdel-Majeed, Rashad Al-Bayoumi, Abdel Rahim Abdel-Rahim, Mahmoud Abu-Zeid and Mustafa Abdel-Azim.

Previously, the Egyptian Public Prosecution accused the defendants of taking part and helping others in carrying out crimes that intentionally led to their death. But yesterday, it modified the charges for some defendants.

All are accused of inciting violence, killing and helping others to kill, owning unlicensed weapons and being part of an armed gang which aimed to scare people during the protests that took place on 30 June which led to ousting the country’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi.

READ: Egypt to retry Brotherhood leader, senior members 

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