Egypt court upholds life sentence of Mohammed Badie

Egypt court upholds life sentence of Mohammed Badie
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15 November, 2017
An Egyptian court on Wednesday upheld a life sentence passed in 2016 against Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie over deadly clashes following a military coup against Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
Egypt has cracked down on the Muslim Brotherhood since the 2013 military coup. [Getty]

An Egyptian court on Wednesday upheld a life sentence passed in 2016 against Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie over deadly clashes following a military coup against Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The court of cassation, whose rulings cannot be appealed, upheld the verdict of life terms against Badie, the Brotherhood's spiritual guide, and eight others over clashes in the Suez Canal city of Ismailiya that killed three people.

The court also confirmed three-year jail sentences against 19 defendants and 10-year terms against 29 others.

The authorities have arrested thousands of Brotherhood leaders and members, including Morsi, since his ouster by the army in 2013.

Hundreds have been sentenced to death, although many have appealed and won retrials.

The country was rocked by violence for weeks after Morsi's supporters set up peaceful protest camps and demonstrated against his overthrow.

On August 14, 2013, security forces violently dispersed two protest camps in Cairo demanding Morsi be reinstated, killing over 1,000 people.

Not a single person has been held accountable for the mass killing.

Morsi had won the country's first free election in 2012, a year after a popular uprising ousted veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Badie is facing charges in more than 35 trials, according to his lawyers. He was handed death sentences in three other cases but those rulings have been scrapped.