Court to send verdict on Istiqamah trial to Grand Mufti, final verdict Aug. 30
Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie during his trial - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The Giza Criminal Court decided Thursday to refer the case of Muslim Brotherhood General Guide Mohamed Badie and 13 other Muslim Brotherhood members to the Grand Mufti again to express his legitimate opinion on the Istiqamah Mosque case, and Aug. 30 was set for the final verdict’s announcement.

The court previously on June 16 decided to refer the case to the Mufti as the defendants were accused of the violent incidents which took place at the Istiqama Mosque in Giza.

The Mufti’s first report after reviewing the case read that the case papers were found to have been empty of evidence except for one National Security officer’s testimony, which said the shooting was coming from a group of Muslim Brotherhood supporters, which cannot be relied on to impose the death penalty on defendants, according to Youm7.

Badie and his co-defendants are accused of killing 10 and attempting to murder 20 others, as well as inciting violence in the events following the July 3 ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Ismail.

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