CAIRO: Former Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie and a number of Brotherhood leaders were sentenced to life in prison by the Giza Criminal Court on Monday, which marks Badie’s third life sentence.
Mohamed el-Beltagy, Essam al-Erian, Assem Abdel Maged (in absentia), Safwat Hegazy, and 10 other senior members of the organization were sentenced to the same in a case of incitement to killing and violence in protests in Bahr al-A’zam St. in Giza following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
Defense lawyer Mohamed al-Damaty told Youm7 he was planning to file an appeal on the grounds that the jury was not present during the announcement of the verdict.
The trial of former president Mohamed Morsi in the Wadi el-Natroun prison break case was being held at the same time Monday, in which Badie is also facing charges.
At least four verdicts have been issued against Badie in different cases by different courts in several governorates. One of them was a death sentence by the Giza Criminal Court in the violent protests of Istiqama Mosque, in which the Grand Mufti’s opinion came back negative on the death sentence for lack of evidence. The court finally sentenced Badie to life imprisonment.
Shubra al-Kheima Criminal Court had also sentenced Badie and 37 other defendants to life imprisonment in the Qalyub trial.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Arafa and Ahmed Ismail.