CAIRO: Former Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and seven others including Freedom and Justice Party Leaders Mohamed el-Beltagy, Safwat Hegazi and Essam El-Arian were sentenced to life imprisonment Saturday, while six others were sentenced to death in absentia on Saturday by the Giza Criminal Court headed by Judge Mohamed Nagy over Giza’s Istiqamah Mosque case, Youm7 reported.
The 14 co-defendants are accused of killing 9 people and attempting to murder 21 others, inciting violence, terrorism and causing damages in the vicinity of the Istiqamah Mosque following the events of June 30 and the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi.
Previously on Aug. 7 and June 16, the court decided to refer the case of the 14 defendants to Egyptian Grand Mufti Shawqi Allam for his non-binding, but traditionally required opinion on the death sentences. Although his opinion has not been made public, it was due Saturday.
Badie was among 638 MB members who were sentenced to death on April 28 by the Minya Criminal Court over the killing of a police officer during an attack on a police station in Minya on Aug. 14, 2013.
Beltagy and Hegazy are also being tried for torturing two police officers—Mohamed Farouk and Hani Eid—during the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in in August 2013.
On Aug. 29, 2013, Beltagy was arrested in the apartment of his fellow MB leader Khaled al-Azhari in Giza and Hegazy was arrested a week prior in the Mediterranean governorate of Matrouh.
According to investigations carried out by the prosecution in early September 2014, the two policemen were allegedly captured in the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in while they were securing a march in support of the MB. The defendants allegedly dragged the policemen into the sit-in and physically attacked them.
Additional Reporting by Ahmed Ismail.