CAIRO: Former Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie and 13 defendants were sentenced to death Monday for inciting murder by the Giza Criminal Court, Youm7 reported.
The court referred the ruling to the Grand Mufti, the country’s highest Islamic legal official, to issue a religious opinion on the sentences; a customary legal procedure adopted only in death sentences. However, the Mufti’s ruling is not binding and the defendants still can appeal, and April 11 has been set for the issuance of the final verdict.
The defendants were accused of setting up the “Rabaa control room,” from which they allegedly organized violence and revolt across the country following the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
Badie has already been sentenced to death twice, and a life term in prison for inciting violence following the Rabaa dispersal, according to Youm7.
Since the military-backed overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 following a mass protest against his regime, hundreds of MB supporters have been sentenced to death for their role in inciting violence. Most of these death sentences were appealed and sent to retrial.
On Feb. 5, the Court of Cassation upheld the first execution of an alleged MB supporter for throwing 4 teenagers to their death from a rooftop of a building in Alexandria in 2013.