CAIRO: The Cassation Court rejected Wednesday challenges filed by Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and other leaders of the group against including them in Egypt’s “terror list.”
The appellants are 17; notably Badie, his deputies Khairat al-Shater and Mahmoud Ezzat, leading Brotherhood members Mohamed Beltagy, Osama Yassine, Essam Erian, and Mahdy Akef.
The Cassation Court is the final judicial entity that adjudicates on any ruling.
Assassinated Attorney-General Hisham Barakat had added the defendants to the list in March 2015 based on their February convictions in the violence that erupted in March 2013 outside the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, where nine people were killed during an anti-Brotherhood protest.
Eighteen people were sentenced in the case; four were sentenced to death, and the rest, including the mentioned defendants, were sentenced to life in prison, as one of the several harsh sentences that have been handed down to them in other cases.
Egypt listed the Islamist group a “terrorist organization” in December 2013 after the bombing of Dakahlia security directorate, which killed 16 people.