Cassation Court accepts Badie’s defense appeal on death sentence
Mohamed Badie during his trial - YOUM7/Ahmed Ramadan
By GHADA ATEF

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie’s defense team appealed the verdict of the death sentence by the Minya Criminal Court in June 21, 2013 for Badie and 182 other Brotherhood members in front of Court of Cassation by on Monday.

The defense team prepared a memorandum including the reasons for appeal, saying that the verdict is “false and invalid based on a number of constitution articles and judiciary law,” according to a statement published on Youm7.

“Specific judges were chosen for this case, known for depriving the defendants’ rights of being tried on regular conditions and sending the case to the court department called ‘the terrorist circle,’” according to the report.

The memo said the verdict violates the Egyptian constitution when it breached the rights of the defense team and issued the case verdict when none of the lawyers attended the session. Article 164 of the constitution obliges the attendance of the defendant’s lawyer in the cases that might have an issued imprisonment sentence issued.

Meanwhile it said that the investigation, conducted by the National Security police officers and considered as adversaries of the defendant, were documenting the investigations outside the spatial authorized range by the court.

Judge Saeed Youssef of the Minya Criminal Court sentenced 183 defendants, including Badie, to a death sentence after reviewing Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam’s opinion in the cases of the 683 defendants sentenced in the trial.

“The Cassation Court accepted the appeal and will be returned to the Minya Criminal Court to look at the case again,” lawyer Abdel Satart al-Balshy told The Cairo Post.

“Judicial law requires all death sentences cases to be referred to the Cassation Court, even if the defendants’ lawyer did not appeal,” Balshy explained.

When the case returns to the court, the hearing will be presented to a different judge. “If the same verdict is issued again, then the Cassation Court will directly will look into the case itself,” he added.

Regarding Badie’s case, Balshy said the next verdict will be difficult to predict due to the current unrest.

The death sentences caused controversy among national and international media and human rights organizations. Amnesty International condemned the verdict, saying that the sentence “provides alarming evidence of the Egyptian judiciary’s increasingly politicized and arbitrary attitude towards justice and the death penalty.”

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