Life Sentence Awarded to Muslim Brotherhood Leaders

On 5th December, an Egyptian court sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and his deputy Khairat al-Shater to life term in prison.  The sentence was given during a retrial over violence during the toppling of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in 2013.

The judgment being a part of several trials and retrials against Badie, Shater and other leaders of the party that controlled Egypt before the military expelled Mursi after mass protests and demonstration against his rule.

Badie and Shater were sentenced life in prison in 2015 over violence between the supporters of Muslim Brotherhood and its opponents near the headquarters of the group.

On Wednesday, four other leaders were also awarded life sentences. The court absolved Saad al-Katatny, parliament speaker under Mursi, along with a former minister, two important Brotherhood personage and two others.

The accused can submit petition against the ruling for the last time before the Egypt’s highest civilian court, Court of Cassation. Even the public prosecution can also plead the vindication or the life sentences that the two appellant received instead of death sentences.

The accused are facing the charges of instigating violence against the protestors in front of the headquarters of Muslim Brotherhood, provoking battery and for possessing firearms.

The Brotherhood stated that it is a peaceful movement and rejects of having links to attacks by Islamist militants.

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