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Egypt upholds life term for Muslim Brotherhood guide

General Guide of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie at a court case in Egypt on 26 February 2017 [Moustafa El Shemy/Anadolu Agency]
Leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Mohammed Badie at a court case in Egypt on 26 February 2017 [Moustafa El Shemy/Anadolu Agency]

An Egyptian appeals court yesterday upheld a 25-year life sentence for Mohammed Badie, the leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The court in the capital Cairo rejected appeals by Badie and other leaders of the group in the case known as “the incidents of [the Muslim Brotherhood] Guidance office,” reported Egyptian state media.It also upheld life terms for Badie’s deputy Khairat El-Shater and four other Muslim Brotherhood leaders.The case centres around incidents on 30 June 2013 near the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, east of Cairo, where bloody clashes erupted, leaving nine dead and 91 wounded.

Muslim Brotherhood leaders have faced a raft of charges since the bloody military coup that ousted Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, who died last in year in state custody.

Many human rights groups and independent observers have decried the charges as politically motivated.

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