CAIRO: The Egypt Court of Cassation cancelled Wednesday death and life sentences handed down to Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 35 co-defendants related to 2013 riots in Minya, and ordered a retrial.
The court accepted an appeal submitted by the defendants against their June sentences in the case known locally as the “Adwa incidents” named after a village in Minya governorate, in which chaos incidents erupted in the wake of the dispersal of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda squares in August 2013.
In the same case, 147 other defendants were tried in absentia and received similar sentences. Their sentences will only be eligible for a retrial if they submit an appeal themselves.
In June 21, 2014, the Minya Criminal Court sentenced Badie and others to death; four to life sentences; one to 15 years and 14 others to seven years in prison.
The defendants were accused of charges of violent acts, murder, destruction, assault, arson and stealing a police station in the village.
The present defendants will face a retrial, the date of which has not been decided.
Accused along with other top Brotherhood leaders in other cases, Badie, former Brotherhood Guide, was sentenced to life in two other cases; one for blocking the Qalub road and another one for killing 10 people.