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Egypt court jails head of Brotherhood for 10 years

Egypt court jails head of Brotherhood for 10 years

CAIRO: An Egyptian military court on Tuesday sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie to 10 years in prison over deadly clashes following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, judicial officials said.

Ninety other defendants who were tried in absentia were sentenced to life terms, which in Egypt means 25 years.

Badie and dozens of others were found guilty of participating in clashes that killed 31 people in the canal city of Suez between Aug 14 and 16, 2013.

The clashes erupted after police brutally broke up two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on Aug 14 that year.

The charges in the military trial included vandalism, inciting violence, murder, assaulting military personnel and setting fire to armoured personnel carriers and two Coptic churches in Suez.

Badie, the Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, was sentenced to 10 years along with fellow Brotherhood leader Mohamed Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy, a pro-Brotherhood Islamist, army and judicial officials said.

Forty-one defendants were sentenced to serve between three and seven years, 90 others were handed down life sentences and 59 others were acquitted.

Tuesday’s sentences can be appealed.

Published in Dawn, December 23rd, 2015

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